Just because I may not see it as ‘true’ does not mean that the story has no value for me. We read, learn from and are even transformed by fiction stories all the time and think nothing of it. The christian easter story for me, is no different and is just as valid.
Each Good Friday, I listen to Nichole Nordeman’s song “Why” to put myself at the foot of the cross. I usually end up in tears at the intensity of the sadness I feel for Jesus’ suffering and his willingness to die for those he loves. It opens me wide to a feeling of deep compassion for all the suffering in the world and also my own.
The resurrection reminds me that this same deep suffering has the potential to be transformed into deep joy and to have hope that this is truly possible. I remind myself of the words of Pope John Paul II - “Do not abandon yourselves to despair, we are an Easter people and Hallelujah is our song!”
I think of Jesus again and I feel deep gratitude for this one man's willingness to suffer so much, all so that I can come to understand and engage with this type of hope. Whether the story is true or not - I have no choice but to love him.
What stories do you reflect upon or engage with at this time of year?
What values do they embody for you?
I’d love to hear.