Then Mary Magdalene left to inform the disciples of her encounter with Jesus. “I have seen the Lord!” she told them. And she gave them his message.
-John 20:18 The Passion Translation of the Bible (TPT)
The Dance of Life
Easter is a vivid reminder that life goes on, even after death.
In whatever way Mary saw Jesus in the garden, Jesus’ life forever had indelibly influenced hers.
So it is for all of us in this dance of life.
Life is enriched by relationships—friends who call us by name, people who walk alongside us in ministry, prophets who challenge us to new ventures, mentors who guide us through life’s twists
and turns, and loved ones who care for us in good times and bad.
Jesus personifies the blessed realization that we worship a God of relationships. God is not just our Father-Mother-Parent, although this relational image is a vivid one throughout scripture. On Easter, we celebrate that God is Emmanuel, God-with-us even, even in death and the life after death. God is Christ-Jesus-Brother-Friend-Companion. And later in this season, we celebrate the God who continues to be with us as Holy Spirit-Helper-Advocate-Sustainer. But throughout this Easter season, we celebrate the life begun anew with each new day—a life that can surprise us even in the garden of grief and mourning.
How do we respond to this precious gift?
Will we dance and sing of resurrection?
Will we proclaim “Christ is risen!” as the sun rises, and rejoice in this glorious promise of life?
Will we embrace the Dance of Life with the Lord of the Dance? Such is the hope and the promise of Easter
~Adapted from Mary Scifres Ministries