Follow

This holiday is definitely the hardest for me and after 6 years free of literalism I still don’t know why I can’t just embrace the mystery... I feel farthest from “the Christ” on Easter. How do you all view the “resurrection,” without cynicism or dismissal, but also without elevating it to a place higher than I personally can believe? I hate that I’m still attached to this story honestly but I’ve tried and with a Christian spouse and kids that love Jesus too I can’t just leave it behind. Help

@emkem I wish I had an easy answer. It’s so painful to want to be in a place and not be there (especially when you feel alone). I found the liturgists “Garden” songs and meditations to be meaningful over the last few years. youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK

@emkem I know that for me, it was important to seek what I could affirm and find valuable, instead of trying to get back to a place I couldn’t get to. That meant moving from seeing Easter as a bedrock of certainty on which I could build the rest of my life, to honoring it as a narrative of hope in the midst of a broken world.

@emkem reading Rachel Held Evans was so helpful for me as I was reminded I was not alone. This post (along with the one she reads on “garden”) was particularly meaningful this time of year. google.com/amp/s/rachelheldeva

@Arryq ahh yes thank you, friend, will revisit these right now. And seriously, the laugh I enjoyed over your blasphemous Good Friday practice was *just* what my tired heart needed this weekend. Those episcopals have some beautiful but weird traditions don’t they? I always think of the priest with the boner from Disney’s Little Mermaid when I visit. Fellow pervy preteen at heart here.

@emkem the same way that in many romantic relationships, one partner is the flower and the other is the gardener, I take comfort in being part of a congregation where we don’t all have to have the same buy-in. the church I grew up in held a toxic all-or-nuthin’ mentality. Eww. Proven false because I can take a casual baseball fan w/ me (a die-hard fan) to a Phillies game and we can both have a lovely time, in spite of our drastic difference in buy-in

resurrection, reconstruction 

resurrection, reconstruction 

resurrection, reconstruction 

resurrection, reconstruction 

resurrection, reconstruction 

resurrection, reconstruction 

@emkem I’ve tried to shift my focus from “what should this say to me?” to “what does this say to me?” Right now the usual themes of eternal life, bodily resurrection, and defeat of death/sin are not to compelling. I am gravitating toward resurrection as metaphors for new life from what was dead and living in a way that brings life to others. A counselor once warned me about “shoulding” on myself. I am where I am in my spirituality and saying I “should” be somewhere else is not all that helpful.

@Beaty oh wow. This is a helpful perspective, thank you

Sign in to participate in the conversation
The Liturgists

This is an instance for folks who follow The Liturgists Podcast, The Alien & The Robot, and other things The Liturgists create.