In the Gospel of Luke this phrase appears. “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” It is the promise to all of us that life does not end that our spirit and energy live on if we believe. Many of us go to seek the living among the dead. We visit grave sites, we mourn, we lose heart. For those of us who have faith that eternal life goes on why do we do this to ourselves?
When my Mother passed away, I remember telling my children she had passed away. And the youngest of the four said. “Can we go see Nana?” and I said, “No, baby, she’s passed away. We won’t see her again in this life, she has gone to live somewhere else.” And truly I believe that. She is not gone she is living somewhere else. She is with us in all that we do, in us and what we have learned from her. Her voice is still with me and echo’s in my ear sometimes when I lay in that space between wakefulness and sleep.
God is in us, around us. Living in us. Jesus died for our sins, through the story of his life and the telling and re telling of his life and death we are saved in faith. That knowing that truthfully, not even the darkness of death can block out the energy of light. That faith, that belief is true of us all, everlasting life. Our spirit, our energy, our life goes on. We are but a shell in our mortal form, of all that we are in spirit.
It is only in Luke that this phrase appears. Why do you look for the living among the dead? In faith, we have the gift of life, in the story of Easter we have proof that what we know, is true. Whether we be as Thomas or as a disciple or as a follower of the disciples. We have the gift of life. I do not believe because of the story of Easter; I believe! And the story of Easter, of Jesus, verifies it for me.
If we say the world is limited to what was known of the world, we exclude (most of us) ourselves. If we include the whole world to encompass us then we include all the world. You choose. For God so loved the world!!!!!!!!!!!!! Halleluiah! He is Risen! The Lord has risen, indeed!
©Adrienne McLeod 2011