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Ghost of Easters Past
April 23, 2017
“When it was evening on that day…. Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’”
It happened on a Good Friday evening, not long ago. My wife and I were visiting the church of a friend and colleague. We sat in the grand old sanctuary, soaking in the new-yet-familiar sights and sounds of the Passion Liturgy.
Then, as sometimes happens during worship, my mind began to wander. Roving eyes flitted over the interior of the building: the organ pipes, the dark oak panels against white plaster, the warm colours of stained glass.
Finally, my gaze rested on a feature of the stained glass window – a crown, the ancient symbol of the Christ and his not-of-this-world realm. The simple beauty of the image, the way the evening sunlight brought out the deep scarlet… these had the effect of transporting me to the Church where I spent my childhood. I relived hours of contemplation, the joyful music, the easy friendships – all came flooding back. In that moment I saw with inward eyes the sheer beauty of my spiritual legacy: the inestimable gift that is life nurtured in a faith community.
PRAYER Jewish Traditional
And the years vanish
And we walk sightless among miracles
God fill our eyes with seeing
And our minds with knowing
Let there be moments
When your presence like lighting illumines the darkness