Introduction to this Series:
So - I am part of a small group of women that meet very early in the morning once a week. We call ourselves the Desert Mamas. This name was chosen by the wonderful woman who leads us because we started our journey together finding out about the Desert Mothers and Fathers, which has given us a real hunger to know a deeper intimacy with Christ. This same leader discovered that Easter was once much more than one day...it was seven weeks! Seven weeks of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, leading to the Day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out on the disciples. We have a plan to enter into 50 days of joy.
Now that Lent is over, it is time for me to start writing my prayer exercises again. I want them to be an invitation to you to enter into this same joy.
There are postures for joy and that is how we will work through these 50 days. I hope you can join me and that we can even share the ways we discover and celebrate the joy of the resurrection. Here is Day One!
THE POSTURE OF SEEING
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could go and anoint the body of Jesus. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they went to the tomb. They were asking one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, even though it was extremely large. Mark 16:1-7
Engage with the picture. Where once the stone blocked the entrance of the tomb, now it has been rolled away. SEE the stone rolled away. Really see it.
Often it seems that to get to the joy of the resurrection, a big old stone of something or other is in the way. Sometimes we try to wrestle it ourselves but I think we often just walk away, thinking it is impossible to move it. The reality is that there are present sorrows and struggles that we aren’t meant to ignore or shove down. God doesn’t want us to live in some kind of fake joy that denies how things are. What He wants is for us to see the joy in Him and all that He is for us, all that He has accomplished through the resurrection.
Without realizing it, I think that I will know joy when my stones of sorrow or hardship are all resolved by Christ. Christ’s message is, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 This is the joy of the resurrection.
Sit in silence and ask the Spirit what your stone is. What is large and seemingly impossible to move in order to see the joy of the resurrection? To see the resurrection of Christ with your heart, your mind, your very self?
Take a few minutes to worship God as you see – in faith – your stone rolled away (by God) and the joy of the resurrection there for you.