As Bodies Grow Cold

There is no resurrection without death

It can be hard to hope and believe when everything you touch is cold. I’ve been praying about a certain situation for over three years. Recently, it has gotten to the point where I feel like I need to see movement. I haven’t.

Movement brings heat. Movement keeps you warm. Jog in place for a few minutes and you’ll feel your temperature increase. Your blood starts pumping. Your body activates. But how do you pray when your hands grow cold? How do you hold onto hope when everything around you goes still?

I don’t know where you need to see movement. I don’t know how anxious your heart feels. I don’t know if you are waking up in the night because your body is processing what you didn’t have time to confront during the day. I don’t know if it’s been three years of waiting, or ten. But I’ll share with you what I keep saying to myself: surrender to the reality of Easter.

Throughout Jesus’ ministry, the disciples had seen a lot of movement: the blind saw, the lame walked, the sick were healed. Jesus’ teaching drew crowds and made converts. So much had happened in and around them over the span of three years, and they must have felt the heat of it everywhere. And then suddenly, everything went still. On Good Friday, everything went cold.

Good is an Old English term that means “holy.” Good Friday is “Holy Friday,” and on the day we remember the holiness in Christ’s death that made a way for our salvation, there is awe even in stillness. God works even when the blood isn’t pumping. God can move even when everything appears to be deathly still. Today, Good Friday is a symbol of hope for the entire world. But it was also the day before …

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