Easter Morning

Easter Morning

As a Prologue to Forever
Matthew 28:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

The stories of the Phoenix, Theseus, Dionysus,
Persephone, Osiris, Quetzalcoatl, Jesus
all have a common thread:
death will not conquer and life is victorious,
and hope does not need to be forlorn.
But in our choosing to claim
the story of Jesus and Easter morning
we find an uncommon element—it isn’t only the hero,
the god, who can rise—we can too.
As Jesus rose so have we risen with him.
Here is hope, here is a story worthy of our faith,
here, this Easter Morning,
as a prologue to forever,
we stand one with Christ.
It is always a choice to believe in hope over fact.
For many it is hard to step aside
from the prevailing stories of science and history
and make the choice to believe in the
outrageousness of an empty tomb—
more like impossible.
The story is there to believe
or not believe.
But if we chose to believe this story
we have chosen to believe in hope
and that God’s love wins out
over all odds
and even over common sense.
Should we choose to believe.


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