Saturday, April 19, 2014

Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21 (Vigil)

Year A - Easter Vigil or Hopeless Hope Vigil
April 19/20, 2014

Another creation story that moves through the deep of chaos. While the wind and spirit of G*D once moved over the face of the deep, it has now penetrated to the bowels of the deep.

Fear rising from behind us, from all the accumulated yesterday, makes every situation ultimate. Here we are, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea (or marshy reed sea). We can only look back and all our mistakes are hot on our tail. We are about reap the consequences of each past misstep or return to a slavery that at least was known.

Our fear fixates us on our fear. We can only look back over our shoulder and thus walk in circles. Our fear keeps us from looking ahead, even if it is dangerous. We can yet do something about tomorrow by what we do today.

Resurrection comes as we put our past behind us for the moment and look onward. “Look, there, something is happening. Everyone, breathe in and on the count of 3, blow. 3. Did you see? Again, breathe; blow. Again.”

And the dark waters, breath-by-breath, part. The waters part just enough.

When finally across, we look back at our fear. “Look. Again, breathe. 3. And we move. One, two, three, four, we glide across the floor. Onward.” 


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