Go, Make, Do, Teach
Easter means spring, and spring means The Dallas Arboretum! I found myself there for morning walks four lovely times last week, the first week of "Easter." I simply could not get enough of the sense-filling holy place! Still bubbling up with "Alleluias" and happy Easter feelings, I found myself inspired to write a little Facebook prayer-post:
"For songs of birds and songs of praise,
For new buds and new life,
For paths that lead to peace and pansies!
For legs to walk and eyes to see,
For running water and children,
For a cool breeze and a life-giving sun,
For sweet smells and swaying leaves,
For moments and memories in this Garden, O God, I give you thanks!"
For me, nature is a sure place to find God (especially when temps are in the 60's and 70's here in Dallas.) Walking through a garden, feeling the morning breeze off the lake, is a way to slow down and give thanks for being a part of God's continued re-creation each new day.
But God is also found in the good "nature" of people, in relationships that honor the divine gifts within, in small kindnesses shown and laughs shared. For it is in loving relationships that our risen Christ finds his home among us. It is in relationship with one another that we can live as "Easter people." We can live as a people "transformed and transforming." Transformed by the life and love of the risen Christ, transforming the world around us by sharing God's love, being Christ's hands and feet.
Yes, Easter happened in our "Good Friday" world, and it is still happening, but only with our help. Jesus' Easter movement continued because the disciples obeyed their risen Lord's commands to "Go...Make....Do...Teach."
Easter happens when we offer hope and forgiveness, when we share our belief in new possibilities, when we teach our children how to live in community, when we participate in renewal and reconciliation. In the midst of pain, Easter happens. In the midst of hurting hearts and broken bonds, healing happens. In the midst racial injustice and homophobic hate, love conquers. In the midst of tragedy, good will takes shape.
Easter is still happening in our world and Easter is still happening for you, too.
LOOK for the seeds of hope as they begin to blossom all around us.
LISTEN for new songs of love and life.
FEEL the excitement of new beginnings! And as we boldly "Go...Make...Do...Teach," God goes with us. "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
(And now for the REAL poetry this "poetry" month. My very favorite poem of all time!)
I THANK YOU GOD FOR MOST THIS AMAZING
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
– e.e. cummings