I was taking communion with a group of friends and colleagues recently. We sat in a circle and served the Lord’s Supper to each other. As we broke the bread, we repeated the traditional words, “This is Christ’s body, broken for you.” But then the receiver, taking the piece of bread would answer “but brokenness is never the end of the story.”
Indeed that is the resounding message of Easter. Brokenness is never the end of the story—not for Jesus, not for us, not for this world. Though often the plot twists and settings of our lives take crazy turns and at times the world often looks bleak and heartless, we can trust with Easter hope that our stories aren’t over yet.
It’s kind of like that John Lennon quote: “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
Yes, the healing of what is broken takes time, energy, and choice. But I believe it is happening. During the 50 days of Eastertide, that is what we are invited to notice around us—what is being brought to life? What is being resurrected? And what do we see of brokenness that needs the life-giving touch of God?
The Resurrection of Christ marks the initiation of Kingdom of God into our midst. Even amidst our broken world, God is bringing healing, restoration, and new life. It is this new life in the Kingdom that we were born for—that God had in mind from the beginning. It is unto this place, this kind of connection, community, and world that we are being ushered and created into—even now.
One of my friends calls it “The Land of Always Will Be.” This resurrection life—this transformation into wholeness and healing for the whole world—this is what we are created for and invited into. Christ is the first fruits—or, in Eugene Peterson’s words, Jesus is leading “the Resurrection Parade!”
Together we will enter into and create this “Land of Always Will Be.” During Easter we lean into and celebrate this new and fuller life on the horizon and even how amidst us. Christ has won. Death is beaten. Brokenness is never the end of the story.
PRACTICES FOR EASTERTIDE
Return to the story
Eastertide is a great time to review and consider your story—personally and communally. Perhaps take some time to read through key Scriptures that recount the story of God’s relationship with humanity throughout history. Maybe look more deeply into your own story and reflected on the seasons of brokenness and healing in your own life and experience of God.
Commit to celebrating
Celebration is a discipline and a commitment. We often have energy to look at and celebrate things for a few hours or maybe even days, but we often cannot sustain the spirit of celebration, trust, goodness, and healing—particularly when the brokenness of the world is so readily apparent. Consider making celebration a practice during Eastertide. Maybe this looks like getting together with a friend or two once a week and recounting the victories and movements of God from your past week. Maybe this looks like keeping a nightly journal of places where you have seen life that day. Keep some champagne in your fridge to have at the ready.
Expand your imagination
God always works in mysterious and incomprehensible ways, but often it’s those who have the most expansive imaginations that have space to see and delight in the workings of God. As you encounter brokenness in yourself, those around you, and the world, imagine instead those things as whole and full of life. You can use this as a tool for intercessory prayer. It can also be the basis for art explorations or silent meditations. Growing the capacity of our imaginations gives us more space to dream of and participate in creating “the Land of Always Will Be.”
How has Christ been resurrected in your own life? How can you begin to share this story?