The Birth-pangs of Belief

Perplexed, terrified, an idle tale, amazed… If hearing the Easter story has left you disturbed, in your unbelief or your belief, you are not the first to tread that way. You could give yourself a shake, gave a shower and carry on. But you could decide to stop, ponder, listen, wait… And see what happens next. I’m there a bit myself – in belief not unbelief, but with the next stage of life more open than usual. I wonder…

Luke 24.1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The womenwere terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered his words,and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

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