People will go to church today, including those who normally don’t. Some churches will use high-tech multi-media plays and animation. Preachers will get emotional, and maybe a few in the pews will too. After that it will be relatives and friends, Easter Egg hunts, talk about nothing that matters, and Monday it will be back to the predictable pattern that consumes people’s lives. The Bible says we should take time to remember what happened on Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, and Ascension Day, but remembering what happened 2,000 years ago is not an end game. Recently I was tasked with designing a tombstone for someone. What I came up with was to on the front list some of the greatest eternal things they had done, a happy picture of them when they were 21, with a caption underneath that says,
“Bring as much Heaven to Earth as you can. Ephesians 2:10”
For the back of the tombstone a poem by Linda Ellis that I hacked to shorten and make it rhyme that says:
First comes the date of birth with joy, and the following date with tears,
but what matters most for us, is the dash between those years.
The dash is all the time we spend, here upon this earth,
and only God can really know, what that line was worth.
It matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard, if there are things you’d like to change.
For you never know how much time you have, that can be rearranged.
This is from Marianne Deborah Williamson’s, “A Course in Miracles”.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.