Lenten Meditation 35, April 4

Tuesday, April 4

Psalm 143
2 Kings 4:18-37
Ephesians 2:1-10

by The Rev. Julie Nelson

From Death to Life

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he claims that we were once dead, but are now raised up. We are now alive! This is, for me, what Easter is all about. Easter is about the hope of our own resurrection – and not a resurrection after physical death, but the resurrection we need when we have spiritually died.

In all of our lives, there are times when we are spiritually dead. Maybe we are dead inside because we are caught in a cycle of addiction. Maybe we feel dead because of the grief that has consumed us after a traumatic experience or loss. Maybe we are dead inside because we are so overwhelmed with despair that we cannot even imagine how we might feel hope again. Being abused or oppressed can bring death to our spirits. Darkness can consume our souls, and we find ourselves feeling dead, even though we are still walking and talking and breathing.

This is what Jesus brings us through his resurrection. Jesus brings us new life. As Paul says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us…raises us up with him….” No matter how lonely, or empty, or sad, or desperate, or full of despair we might be, God’s mercy finds us. God’s love heals us. God’s grace makes us whole again – and brings us back to life!