Text: Genesis 4:1-17; Luke 24:36b-48
Practice resurrection. This is the theme we have chosen for our Easter season as a way to remind ourselves that Easter is not about celebrating just once a year the new life that resurrection shows us is possible. Rather, we remember that Easter is a season, a way of life that holds every moment in the light of the new life that is possible in God.
It is easy to see why Easter falls in the early spring. It’s not hard to imagine the possibility of new life when we are surrounded by both daffodils and people bursting from the dark places that have sheltered them through the cold, hard winter.
But if Easter is a call for us to practice resurrection in every moment, what do we do with the moments that don’t feel like spring? What does it mean to practice resurrection in places of deep suffering? What new life is possible when our bodies and our souls are marked by the wounds of violence and abuse?
Specifically this morning I want to spend some time thinking through these questions by looking at a topic that has been in the forefront of Mennonite...