The painter’s brush, the poet’s pen, and the musician’s composing take the heart and mind into the space of wonder and joy that is Easter.
Easter Morning verse
EASTER MORNING a double acrostic Either Jesus really did rise or All his followers made up the worst Series of lies in history... Poor Thomas certainly was right to doubt Even after hearing tales: what four Reached the tomb (or five?) Who saw him first Matthew says two women; Mark says three Or was it just one, as said by John? Reports of what eye-witnesses can see Or was it just one, as said by John? Never can be trusted. Luke said one In the road joined two who could not see -- Not until he broke the bread...No one Got the story straight! Conspiracy? Even grade school kids could do as well. And Luke throws in Peter saw him too -- Somewhere unreported... Who could tell That this jumble of accounts could do Enough to give faith and hope to all. Resurrection? Who could think it true? Maybe just the simple: those whose eyes Open to the light through grief, through tears… Reminded of love, of truth, of grace… Needing to be fed, hands out for bread ... Inspired by the scriptures, in whose head Grow visions: life can come from the dead. - Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, 2012
Text set to music by Palestrina (1591)
“The strife is o’er, the battle won; the victory of life is won . . . . The powers of death have done their worst, but Christ their legions hath dispersed: let loud shouts of holy joy outburst.
[“The Strife is o’er” is often sung to the tune Victory, adapted from a 1591 setting of the Gloria Patri by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina from a Magnificat tertii toni. An additional Alleluya refrain was set to music by William Henry Monk.”
Grace and Peace to you this Easter in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Life can come from the dead!”
- Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, April 11, 2020, Easter morning.