Easter’s multitude of joyful themes starts with *resurrection, but can also expand in many directions. Beyond the comfort and assurances that come from the realization that Death is not the final reality, there are other metaphorical and physically tangible restorations of life that we can rejoice about. The Resurrection of Jesus makes possible other joy-carrying resurrections.
As a mindset that can include other renewal-based thoughts, resurrection also names rebirths, repairs, regenerations, replenishments or revitalizations. Who or what was once devoid of life—or heading in that direction—is filled again with sentience, emotion, movement, purpose, relationships. Who or what was disconnected, alone or vulnerable is joined together with others to form powerful and purposed entities. (Visualize what happened when “breath”—Spirit, wind—filled the newly reconnected dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision—Chapter 37.)
In human biology, resurrection takes on physical dimensions, sometimes occurring so slowly we may not notice. Brain cells—plateaued at a maximum number earlier in life—can nevertheless continue to grow multitudes of new connections. Each breath we take enables our bodies to replenish oxygen-depleted blood cells. Wounds heal, hair and nails regrow, exercise rejuvenates weakened limbs. The mechanisms of immunity destroy and discard death-dealing invaders. Neurons adjust their chemical and physical relationships, instantly reorganizing their firing responses to changing stimuli or situations in order to meet new challenges or opportunities.
Part of being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) includes the ongoing capacity for continuing liveliness, another reason to be glad on Easter! Another reason to enable and share new life with others. Another reason to let go of despair and claim the gifts of God that come from being alive!
Happy Resurrection(s)! Happy Easter!
*Rooted in the Latinate resurge (rising or appearing again) “resurrection” can also extend past its usual meaning: restoration of life after death has occurred. Resurge can also mean lifting oneself or being restored.
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