Practicing Resurrection is the title of a poem written by Esther Armstrong.† Esther and her husband, Dale, are co-founders of a Portland based non-profit, ecumenical ministry called Journey Into Freedom.† With a mission of bringing together people who desire to deepen their relationship with God, Journey Into Freedomís focus is ďon both the Inward Journey and the Outward Journey, on both freedom from all that keeps one in bondage and freedom to follow Godís call.Ē† This ministry provides a radical invitation to live out the Gospel Öthe Good News, which both liberates us and challenges us.† It is our call and mission, as a Christian community, to bring that good news into the world, not just in Word, but in deed as well.† And, importantly, during this Easter season (the period of time between Easter Sunday and Pentecost), Estherís beautiful poem is an invitation to live our lives anew, to reflect upon the grace and mystery of Godís presence among us, and to follow Godís calling to bring justice and peace into the world.
This is the season of spring.
Good Friday has given way to Easter
And it is time.
For those of us who have been asleep to wake up
For long overdue pregnancies to give birth to the call awaiting life
For that which has lain dormant in us to break loose and rise up
For everything we have kept in darkness to be brought into the light
The way to the resurrection is to walk out of our caves.
The season of bondage and death is over
And we have been called
To stand in gratitude and awe at the Mystery
To restore right relationships and bring about justice NOW
To sing the alleluias and hold them forever in our hearts
To take up our tambourines and dance
For the one who was buried on Good Friday has risen
And he is telling us to
Break the chains of oppression
Take off our sackcloth