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Easter is coming; the holiday that speaks more than any other to what Christianity is all about. Along with the celebratory aspects, this season is also a time for deeper reflection, and humility, as we remember the incredible sacrifice made for us. It is all too easy to get lost in the pageantry of Easter because it’s fun, and comfortable, and we know our story has a happy ending. Those of us with small children are still trying to protect them from humanity’s darker side, so we keep things light.
But when we really quiet ourselves on Good Friday, and walk the Via Dolorosa alongside Christ, finally face-to-face with the suffering of the crucifixion, the brutality of it leaves us breathless. We feel the need to acknowledge that agonizing event in prayer, to express both our horror, and our gratitude, but words do not seem adequate. And once we’ve honestly felt the heartbreak of Good Friday, the joy of Easter Sunday can reach us in ways we never expected, leaving us in tearful silence.
Maybe in such moments we don’t have all the right words, and our thoughts get lost in our emotions. Pray anyway. God doesn’t need our limited eloquence to know what we’re trying to say. And honestly, sometimes our most meaningful times of prayer are those when we just shut up and listen.
“In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart” – John Bunyan
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