Resurrection of our Lord – Easter Day: April 5, 2015
Acts 10:34-43; Psalm
118:1-2; 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark 16:1-8
Stephen Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rev. Maurice C. Frontz III STS
was one of those nights that you wake up about 1:30 a.m.
you want to go back to sleep immediately,
you’ve been through this before,
you know that you’re going to be up until at least 4:15.
know what kind of nights I am talking about.
get up and get some water to drink
maybe you eat something.
might turn on the television or surf the internet
get away from the flood of thoughts that close in in the dark:
adult equivalent of the childhood monster in the closet.
fears, dreams, hopes, desires, wants, needs.
to do that you can’t do now because it’s the middle of the night.
to figure a way through conflicts you cannot resolve.
conversations which one will never have,
which one delivers a really crushing remark
silences your tormentor;
perhaps you rehearse hearing the remark that crushes and silences you.
about things you can’t do anything about –
powers of the world, the thoughts and actions of others.
with the voices until one finally falls asleep again,
to be awakened by the alarm which comes far too early,
face the dawn which breaks whether one has slept or not.