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A Note from Pastor Jason April


Together, we believe that Easter has changed everything. But, do you believe it? Do you believe it with your hands? Do you believe it in your heart? Do you believe it with your family? Do you believe it with your neighbors? Do you believe it personally? Do you believe it professionally? Do you believe it philosophically and in practice?

In one of my favorite poems, Wendell Berry invites his readers to believe it in practice—to practice resurrection, and to do it in the most practical of ways. Here are a few of my favorite passages from Berry’s Mad Farmer Liberation Front for your Eastering consideration:

So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it…

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts…

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

As we continue to move toward the celebration of the culmination and quintessence of all that we believe, may these words prompt us. May we practice resurrection.



Posted by Jason Edwards at 9:03 AM
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