A Blessing for Easter Sunday - Kate Bowler

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A Blessing for Easter Sunday

An Easter blessing

It is an astonishing thing to behold:
That a seed falls, and entombed there in the damp earth
it swells and cracks open, unfolding to reveal
a tender root searching downward,
a bright shoot rising upward toward the light,
becoming this material wonder we call a plant.

Just so, the physical body of Jesus was entombed, hidden away,
along with all hope that the world could ever change,
could ever be freed from its miserable cycles of destruction and decay.

And yet
and yet.

That Easter morning to his bewildered friends,
Jesus burst forth from the grave
changed but still recognizable, eating and drinking,
a physical presence that they might believe.

His body reassembled at a cellular level
by regenerative power beyond their comprehension,
reminding them “I am the resurrection and the Life.”

It’s a husbandry of love, that in the season’s fullness
the rescue would be accomplished,
for our helpless earth–for all those on it and those under it.
Life came, to lift us into Himself.
Alleluia!

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Fionnuala Doherty
Fionnuala Doherty
5 months ago

Thank you for this beautiful blessing ❤️

brooke
brooke
5 months ago

All things denote there is a God. And plants denote the truthfulness of the resurrection and that is my new favorite thing. Always with the good words.

Janet
Janet
5 months ago

Thank you Kate for the Lenten series, the book of devotionals that arrived on Ash Wednesday, and now for the Easter tide series. Each morning I reach for my phone – and read and pray into the day. Each day my battery line increases a bit. I’m a grounded by the prayers and God bless Howard Thurman! As a person with a deficit of concentration I let my mind wander open heartedly to pray for whomever appears. This week I’m speaking at my church, the Wayside Chapel in Sydney- a place where hot showers are available every day along with… Read more »

JoeS
JoeS
5 months ago

May God rescue his troubled world on this Easter.

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