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practice resurrection.

Emily Pullen

A couple of weeks ago I was in an antique store and spent a long time reading correspondences on the back of vintage postcards. One began with, “Dear Doris, I am writing to inform you that I am still among the living.” I took this to mean she was an elderly woman nearing her time of passing, but I couldn't help but consider how, in light of Easter, her words are my words too.

Before Jesus died, he told his disciples, “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” [John 16:22] We don’t have to look very far to identify with, “sorrow now.” Our world is full of brokenness, injustice and sadness that continues to dry even the deepest wells. But our God is one of compassion who never intended for us to make the quantum leap from sorrow to joy on our own. An eternal bridge was built when He made good on the promise that, “I will see you again.” If we claim this as divine truth, it not only changes everything, it invites us to be active ingredients in rejoicing over these post-Easter days. To enter the darkness with light, to meet people with kindness, to champion right over wrong, to fight for the good, to, as Wendell Berry says, “practice resurrection.” It’s true that our humanness makes this SO hard, but I suppose that might be the point — to recognize our tremendous need and run to the empty tomb that meets tragedy with triumph and brings us from death to life.