The Very Revd Dr John Shepherd: “Christ is Risen! There has been speculation in the press and on social media about my views on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. … It is my faith that Jesus rose from the dead and I have never denied the reality of the empty tomb.”
How have we not learned that the transformation of dead matter (failure, death, loss) into an agent of growth is the pattern we see everywhere—from the smallest plant to the evolving cosmos continually expanding and birthing new life from the detritus of death.
Our lives stop being lives and begin to be a series of one-act plays on stages within audiences – since everyone we think should listen is busy on their own stage. Seven billion stages and an empty theater – empty but for God who leans forward, loving what God sees ferociously, leaning forward in his one auditorium seat, with God’s elbows on God’s knees, eyes wide, full of beaming love.