“By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also”
1 Corinthians 6:14
This weekend millions of Christians around the world will celebrate Easter, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We know the story. Jesus was arrested, crucified and rose from the dead three days later. But many of us fail to see the resurrection of Jesus is also our resurrection. It’s a blueprint for the tragedies and struggles we face and how we come out the other side risen and reborn.
Jesus and his disciples went through three stages during the Easter season. Good Friday on day one was filled with pain, suffering and agony. Holy Saturday on day two was filled with deep loss, self-doubt, confusion and chaos. Easter Sunday on day three was filled with joy, hope, light, freedom and victory.
“Be still, and know that I am God”
Sit back and relax. Inhale and exhale deeply. Let the tension drain away. Feel the stillness of this moment creating inner peace within your soul. Be calm and attentive in God’s presence, right here and now. Allow this serenity to penetrate into every cell of your body. Feel it growing outward in front of you, both sides of you, behind you and above you. As you feel the stillness of God within, see the white light of love reaching out towards everyone and up to the heavens above.
Stillness is a powerful practice connecting deeper to your true self while hearing the whispers of God’s voice. It heals and transforms your life no matter what circumstances you’re facing.
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.”
What’s that thing you’re holding on to and can’t let go of? It is money? A past hurt someone inflicted on you? Are you attached to your prized possessions? Or are you attached to a relationship? How about one of your nasty habits? Is it a judgment about someone or something? Or are you up all night clinging to worried thoughts about your career?
Clinging to anything, good or bad, creates suffering. It causes frustration, stress, anger, and anxiety because things aren’t always the way you want them to be. The antidote is to simply let go. However, letting go is one of the hardest things to do. But there is tremendous freedom in releasing things that no longer serve you. And if you see things through compassionate glasses, you’ll learn to let go and develop a deeper understanding of yourself and others.