Opening

Now is the shining fabric of our day
Torn open, flung apart,
Rent wide by Love.
Never again
The tight, enclosing sky,
The blue bowl,
Or the star-illumined tent. 
We are laid open to infinity,
For Easter Love
Has burst
His tomb and ours.
Now nothing shelters us
From God’s desire
Not flesh, not sky,
Not stars, not even sin.
Now Glory waits
So He can enter in.
Now does the dance begin.

–Elizabeth Rooney

Geoff used this as a prayer of adoration on Easter morning at St. A’s. And I have to admit, I haven’t been able to get that last line out of my head ever since. 

This week is thought of as “oh, maybe I can get caught up on some sleep” week among clergy. Holy Week has taken its toll. We are tired and lacking energy. We need recovery time. 

And that’s not a bad thing. It means we worked hard, gave our all, spent the energy we had stored up in making sure that Easter was meaningful and inspiring. We SHOULD be tired.  

But we should also be looking forward. As Rooney says, “now does the dance begin!” Easter isn’t the end, it’s a beginning. Our celebration of it each year should have us fired up and ready to move forward into the future to which God is calling us. A future in which we are the hand and feet of Christ. A future in which we share what we have been given and spend our time in this world reaching out with the boundless, endless, steadfast, redeeming love that God has revealed to us in the celebrations of Holy Week. 

My friends, now does the dance begin. May you always dance to the eternal tune played by the Lord of the Dance. May you be freed and empowered by the sacrificial love of God to live for others, to honor the ways of Christ and to be a blessing to all you may meet. 

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭10-11‬ NLT

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