Did the grass sing?

In last year's children's Easter pageant, the role of the risen Christ was played by the father of one of the little girls in the cast. At the point in the play when he emerged from the tomb, all of the children -- mostly costumed as various woodland creatures -- were supposed to dance for joy to the jubilant music that accompanied the moment.

Four-or-so-year-old Lucinda, dressed as a flower, seemed a little bit shy about that dancing part. But when Jesus/Daddy came out of the "tomb," she ran over and threw her arms around him.

That unscripted instant was my favorite part of the whole production.

It brought to mind the chorus of the Sandi Patty anthem from the '80s, Was it a Morning Like This?

Did the grass sing?
Did the earth rejoice to feel you again?

Other than that song, I don't remember hearing this message very much in the branch of evangelicalism in which I grew up: The resurrection of Jesus Christ is GOOD NEWS, not just for all humanity, but for ALL CREATION.

I learned well the catholic reach of the Gospel -- Good News to every tongue and tribe and nation -- but not that that was just the tip of the iceberg. The redemption that the resurrection enacts applies not just to one species on one planet, but to every atom in the universe. "[C]reation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God" (Rom. 8:21).

This is what I love about the "Mad Farmer" poems I've linked in the last two posts: they get the absolutely cosmic scope of Easter, and how that has meaning for how we treat the most mundane stuff imaginable -- dirt itself. God is making All Things New, and we have the privilege not just to sit on our hands and wait for it to happen, but to go out and participate in the transformation.

Practice resurrection.


toweringajax said...

One of my favorite aspects of the 70s animated "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" is how flowers spring up wherever the resurrected Aslan bounds.

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