March 27, 2018
Growing up, one of my favorite Easter morning hymns was The Day of Resurrection (#245 in our New Century Hymnal). Usually, it was sung in worship either Easter Sunday or a following Sundays. I remember one year when the hymn wasn’t shared and I felt so incomplete. It felt like we had not experienced Easter at all! I got over it but imagine if we didn’t sing Christ the Lord is Risen Today!
Hymn writer John of Damascus (8th century), penned these words in the second verse, “Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright the Christ who reigns eternal in resurrection light; we listen for the teachings once heard so calm and plain, for we, too, want to follow and raise the victor strain.” The verse makes me think of the cross I received as a gift from the United Methodist Bishop who ordained me. The “Resurrection Cross” depicts the risen Christ at the center, open and showing the light. I see this cross daily; it reminds that even in the cruelty of humanity at its worst, Christ’s presence as the living love of God for all is present, opening the way for light and hope! Resurrection light still shines my friends, even in the midst of our darkness.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” The day of resurrection arrives! Earth, tell it out abroad!
Yours in grace and hope. –Rev. Steven DavisSubscribe