My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

April 4, 2010

Arise, Awaken, Journey

open your eyes
rise
open your heart
waken
open your spirit
journey

Easter Reflection!

At daybreak on the first day of the week  the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.  They said to them, "Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,  that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day." And they remembered his words. Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb,  bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.

-Luke 24:1-12

Thoughts

On this Easter day, I am reminded of the vast array of music that will now be resurrected to celebrate this birth of Christianity.  Specifically, the one that is in the forefront is “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less.”  This is the truth of the resurrection for Christians.  And I would say that this is the universal lesson for humanity that Christianity has to offer. 

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' life and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.  
All other ground is sinking sand.  

by Edward Mote, 1797-1874, with a slight revision by moi.  =)

Resurrection.  The ability to put the past behind us and to move into a beautiful new future.  To shed our old selves and to become a better self.  Our Christ-like selves. 

I suppose it brings into question, what does it mean to be Christ-like?  Read the stories of Jesus to find out the examples of Christ-like behavior.  #1…love God.  #2…love your neighbor as yourself.  So it boils down to a continuous movement towards expanding love. 

And in the Cosmic Christology sense, we need to remember that God, the divine mystery, lives within all of us and in every part of creation.  Panentheism.  God is you, God is me, God is the tree, God is the nuclear waste creeping towards the Columbia River.  (I know, that is something to wrap your mind around.)  Somehow, God is all of that and more. That is the Ultimate Mystery.  God is more.  How awake can we be to the divine in every aspect of our life?  This is the amazing story of Christ Jesus.  He was so awake.  At least the stories we have indicate a wakeful person!  There are occasional glimpses of a little sleepiness in Jesus, but those are thoughts for another day. 

So I suppose the take home message is:  Wake up!  Which, amazingly enough, takes me back to the beginning of the Lenten journey and one of the first creative writings offered.

Arise, Awaken, Journey

open your eyes
rise
open your heart
waken
open your spirit
journey

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