During Lent the phrase retrieve lament captured me through the words of Rilke. During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, it's the lovable contrarian Wendell Berry exhorting my imagination with two words (plus many more): Practice resurrection.
"... we should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children's games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts, anything that comes to mind. this is our greatest festival....This is our greatest day. We should put the flags out.
...if Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up. Champagne for breakfast again -- well, of course....The forty days of the Easter season, until the ascension, ought to be a time to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving. You may be able to do it only for six weeks, just as you may be able to go without beer or tobacco only for the six weeks of Lent. But if you really make a start on it, it might give you a sniff of new possibilities, new hopes, new ventures you never dreamed of. It might bring something of Easter into your innermost life..."I spent the first week of Easter dreaming up ways to celebrate -- practice, even -- Resurrection with you my dear blog readers. After we meditated and storied lament, how might we make much of the festal Easter hope?
I loved the photo stories you shared with me back in 2013 and want to do that again, but a bit more simply.
For the next six weeks (from now until Pentecost), will you join me in feasting on Resurrection goodness in our everyday lives? It can be as simple as a special candle you use for your meals during Eastertide or as elaborate as travelling across the world to meet new people. Whatever it is, will you show us a picture and tell us a few words? Plant spring flowers (maybe a new variety this year)? Show us! Get up to see the sun rise on a Sunday morning? Tell us about it! Take a new route to work (maybe taking more time than necessary in honor of the mad farmer)? Share it!
Three steps to play along:
- Add something to your day that helps you practice resurrection. (one day or fifty days doesn't matter)
- Take a picture and write a description in 1-50 words.
- Share it with me via an email, Facebook or hashtag it on Twitter or Instagram #practiceresurrection2015. I'll share some of your photo-stories with everyone here each week.
Who's in with me?
Best place I can think to start is to sit with the mad farmer and a cup of tea.