We taste “alleluia” on parched lips.

An Easter REsurrection Reflection

See? The tomb is empty.
A stone rolled away.
A hollow husk.

See? This emptiness fills us.
We taste “alleluia” on parched lips,
praise springs forth.




What does a stone rolling away sound like? 


The laughter of one set free.

Joyful weeping. 

Unburied alleluias. 

God of hollowed-out husks and empty tombs,

We’ve heard the stone rolling away.
We’ve peered inside.
We’ve been amazed—and alarmed.
Empty tombs startle us.

And yet, O God, we seek life amid death. Hope amid despair. 

Roll away this old world’s stones of injustice.
Empty out from us death and decay.
Breathe into us graced amazement.

We are dust, O God, and to dust we shall return.
And on this day?
Because of your love in Christ, dust sings breath-taking alleluias.
We sing alleluia.

Because of your love in Christ, rocks roll away.
Tombs empty out. Hearts fill up.

We give you thanks, O God, for your death-denying, life-birthing, justice-making gifts of Easter love.

Alleluia! Amen.

Author: Jill Crainshaw

I am a professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and an ordained PCUSA minister.

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