Shalom! Peace to you my friends. As we move further into this season of Eastertide- these 50 days after the Resurrection, we hear a familiar story. Jesus joins two of his followers on the road to Emmaus. It is a familiar story, not because of our knowledge of scripture, but because it parallels our very own stories so well. Individually and collectively we are on the road to Emmaus everyday- and what we are able to see and know along the way has everything to do with our willingness to move beyond our doubts and fears.
Come join the community this Sunday as together we will unpack this story and hold it up as a mirror reflecting God’s grace and love back into our lives. As a musician I often think in terms of musical references and images so I hear this story, as a beautiful song comprised of 4 verses and a memorable refrain. Together we will unpack these verses and consider how they not only draw us further into our Eastertide journey, but also provide a pattern for how and why we boldly claim the gift of “this resurrection madness!”
You are loved.
I Praise you for this Resurrection Madness (- Ted Loder)
Lord of such amazing surprises as put a catch in my breath
and wings on my heart.
I praise you for this joy, too great for words,
but not for tears and songs and sharing, for mercy
that blots out my betrayals and bids me begin again,
and to limp on, to hop-skip-and-jump on.
To mend what is broken in and around me
and to forgive the breakers; for this YES
to life and laughter, to love and lovers,
and to my unwinding self; for this Kingdom
unleashed in me and I in it forever.
And no dead ends to growing, to choices, to chances,
to calls to be just.
No dead ends to living, to making peace, to dreaming dreams,
to being glad of heart.
For this resurrection madness which is wiser than I
and in which I see how great you are, how full of grace,