April 8, Easter Sunday: The heavy lifting is done. Hallelujah!
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Two downcast women, deep in grief and weighed down by pain and suffering,
laboriously take one step at a time in the direction of their pain –
unable to avoid the inevitable,
unable to make sense of the senseless,
unable to do anything other than that which they know must be done:
funnel whatever energy remains into tender touch
for the one they so deeply loved,
for the one they so painfully lost.
In their anguish, their eyes stay fixed on the ground,
not wanting to be doing what they’re doing,
not wanting to be getting closer to the crux of their pain with each step,
not wanting to have to figure out how to do the heavy lifting that is awaiting them.
They are so weighed down already.
They murmur to each other:
How will we do this?
How will we carry on?
How can we get past the oppressive weight?
The path comes to an end.
They slowly look up.
Their eyes widen.
Things are not as they expected.
The heavy lifting has already been done.
This is, indeed, Good News! Hallelujah!
Thank you for “signing up” and journeying with all of us at Goshen College during this season of Lent. We trust that your journey has been enriched by having others to walk alongside you during these days of struggle and suffering on the road to new life. Now as you live into the season of Easter may you do so with a lightness in your step and a persistent awareness that the heavy lifting has already been taken care of. Carry on in wonder and amazement! Hallelujah!
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