Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
After the death and resurrection of Jesus, everything was different. The disciples’ lives had been rocked, and they would need to go through a process of letting go of the old and learning to walk in the new. What did that look like for them, and what does it mean for us?
As with Jesus, this process begins with suffering and death (Good Friday), moves to new life (Easter), spends time grieving the old and adjusting to the new (40 Days), lets go of the old life, refusing to cling (Ascension), and is given new life and spirit (Pentecost).
As we enter these 40 days after Easter and enter a new season of our journey, let’s take a deep look at what we may need to grieve and adjust to (individually and as a body)… Transition? Loss? The past? Health? Dreams? Comfort?
Henry Nouwen writes:
“Mourn, my people, mourn. Let your pain rise up in your heart and burst forth in you with sobs and cries… Cry for freedom, for salvation, for redemption. Cry loudly and deeply, and trust that your tears will make your eyes see the Kingdom is close at hand, yes at your fingertips!!”
This is a matter of being – first to notice what is there, feel and lean into it, and invite God into the midst. It is in this that God does the real work, opening and preparing us for the new.