Easter Reflections

by Blue Heron

A few lilies still remain in the small chapel. Their fragrance lingers along with visions of the empty tomb. Each year we rehearse the suffering and dying of Jesus on the Cross, followed by the hope that springs from what His dying did for us. Each year for me, the cycle of Lent and Easter runs deeper. This year that cycle is running deeper than I would choose. I find myself pursuing habit patterns that hurt others and separate me from God. I get angry, I feel like running. I hate to see these things, and I know I can’t change myself. All I can do is bring myself as I am to the cross, and ask God to change my heart. That is a choice I can make when I’m tempted to feel sorry for myself, or discouraged.

There is a little bird that keeps returning to the window and pecking hard against the glass. I am sure there is some biological reason for this behavior. But all I see is his getting a sore head, and going nowhere. Like him, I could continue to try the same things that didn’t work in the past and expect them to produce new results. But I am determined to move on into the unfamiliar territory. The usual solutions don’t work anymore. The old clothes don’t fit. I am listening…
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About Blue Heron

My wife and I became members of the Community in 1975. We had come to the Community prior to that time on various retreats from our church in Connecticut. I landed an elementary teaching career in 1976 and taught in that same school until 1999. We raised two sons (now married) who are both now professed members of the Community. We have three grandchildren and three granddogs. I continue to work in the public school teaching science on a part time basis, and also serve as advisor and part time teacher for a group of parents who homeschool in the Community. My wife works as a dental assistant. Life in the Community has expanded my borders far beyond what I would have imagined. Over the years I have sung with the choir, participated in Gregorian Chant, served as chalice bearer, made stained glass, been part of a writing group, built sets for Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sung in them. The list goes on. I cannot think of a better environment to raise a child. And I cannot think of any place that would have challenged more, and kept me moving forward as a Christian father and husband. I have been over my head and lifted above the waters. I am looking back in gratitude, and forward in hope.

2 thoughts on “Easter Reflections

  1. Thank you for today’s thought; it resonates so strongly with me this Easter Season. The journey is easy and the burden light with so many sojourners!

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