The season of Easter always feels like the celebration of a new year to me because we cannot ignore the dizzying, liberating possibilities for new life that Christ’s resurrection holds for us. Brother Geoffrey Tristram, SSJE, said, as Christians we cannot escape the reality that “because He lives, we live also.” I wonder what resurrection looks like for you? What are you going to do with your new life?

Maybe this is the time to jettison any old baggage you’ve been carrying around, metaphorically or literally. Maybe this is a time when it will be effortless to give up old habits that no longer serve you. Maybe you’ve already felt something new inside you beginning to sprout like little green buds on the trees.

Or maybe, you’re not sure how the resurrection is manifesting in your life… yet. We learn in the very beginning of the book of Acts, after Jesus’ crucifixion and death, he began appearing to the disciples in a resurrected form. During these appearances, he orders them “not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father.” Can’t you picture them waiting around, without their leader, wondering what should we do? How do we move forward? And then one of them would remind the others, we’re supposed to wait for the time “when you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We know that they waited for fifty days in that upper room until the feast of Pentecost at which point they heard loud and clear what God expected of them. God had big expectations for them. But they had to wait and wonder.

Perhaps you, too, are in the upper room, unsure how to move forward, wondering what God has in mind for you. Often waiting can be hard, uncomfortable. It requires trust and getting comfortable with the uncertainty. It requires willingness to hang out, open to the unimaginable. In the meantime, can you let yourself rest in the mystery of God’s love for us? He is Risen, indeed!