Rest in the Lord
As a choir and staff member writing on the Tuesday of Easter week, I’m truly exhausted and just beginning to perk up. I told my husband I have “resurrection fatigue,” but of course that’s not true, I simply was blessed to participate in many beautiful services. One does not merely observe Holy Week worship; they are all-in, total immersion spiritual and emotional encounters.
I am still a little overwhelmed at the extraordinary images, insights and challenges from these services, and I seem unable to focus down on one of them to write about. Weariness, even from such holy occasions, takes me instead to a memory of our friend and former associate rector, the Reverend Carlyle Gill.
She told us that while she was receiving frequent cancer treatments at Johns Hopkins, she always walked past the massive statue of Christ in the rotunda. Carlyle observed that this Jesus figure extended his arms and hands, reminding her of a parent with a child learning to swim—the father walking patiently alongside his anxiously floating little one, his arms always just below the water’s surface, making it impossible for his beloved to sink.
Those arms supported Carlyle through her chemo. As we celebrate the risen Christ today and the days to come, they will support you and me. I’m just 71 and tired, nothing to complain about this year, but that has not always been true. And within our church family and our world, too many are barely hanging on. Resurrection is packed with big messages and gives abundant new life and energy to do the work of the Gospel, but it also gives us peace and healing. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
This is a good week to rest in the Lord. If we are swimming through some troubled water or trying just to keep our head up, the arms of the risen Christ are safely, reassuringly below us. It’s okay just to float. Easter means we will not sink, Jesus is with us and death has been overcome.
Easter blessings. Rest well.
P.S. Wondering why you receive repeats—Cups you have already drained? The content management program that posts our sermons and blog is programed to publish the most recently submitted Cup on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During very busy seasons like Holy Week, clergy may not have the opportunity to write a fresh meditation, nor does the parish administrator have the time to override the system. Your patience is appreciated.