Mary Magdalene stood at the tomb, dressed in black. Her heart felt as heavy as the cloak of shame she'd worn before Jesus had healed her of seven demons.
Someone had taken her friend and savior's body, and she didn't think she could bear it. How could they do this? Mary thought. Wasn't it enough to strip and beat him, string him up on a cross, and mock him in front of those who had once hailed him as king?
As she lingered near the stone, which had likely been moved aside by the thief who had stolen her Lord's mutilated form away, she sobbed uncontrollably. So intense was her grief that she didn't recognize the man who came up to her. Not until he lovingly said her name--"Mary"--did she realize that Jesus wasn't dead or gone, after all.
He was alive!
This past week as I meditated on the Easter story, God brought something new to mind. Dena, he said gently, there are areas in your own life where you've been so devastated that you've failed to recognize the ways I'm moving. In the midst of your hurt, you're not seeing that winter is over and spring has begun.
I often get so caught up in loss--whether it's in a job, health or relationship--that my eyes are clouded. When he begins to bring new growth out of dead places, my continued mourning causes me to miss the miracle.
What about you? Where is God asking you to open your eyes, so that you can see a resurrection?
Share Your Story
Here at The High Calling, we value community and recognize the significance of listening to those who read and support us. We want to hear from you! We are looking for tales from the workplace--stories about the things, people and experiences which inspire you to pursue your high calling, whatever (and wherever) that is.
Every other week, we host a link-up, inviting writers to share blog posts and articles they’ve written about the ways God is present and active in the world.
Next week, our theme is Resurrection: "Resurrection is the promise of new life. God is at work in the world, redeeming and restoring it and coaxing it to new life. You can see it if you look closely. All is not lost. Hope is not wasted. You are not so far gone that God cannot see you or love you or reach out toward you and make you new. The work of your hands that falls short of the goal, the broken dreams in your heart, the missed opportunities, the failed relationships. Not a single one of these creates a chasm so big that God's love cannot reach you. We all need it, don't we? The hope of resurrection. The promise that God can raise the lifeless, breathless, beaten-down, and beaten-up. We need to know it in us before we can take it into the world. When we've found ourselves at the end of our rope and then suddenly find ourselves alive again—on the other side of shame or loss or grief or disappointment—it changes the way we see the world. It impacts every part of what we do. Resurrection is the promise of new life. You can see it if you look closely."
Write to that theme on your personal blog or website, and use the Linky tool below to add your blog post to the collection by midnight on Saturday, April 4. We’ve linked up the first story as a sample for your reference. (If you don’t have a blog, you can submit your story by using this form.)
Just a note: we love details, creativity, and great writing. Posts under 700 words are preferred. If you're new to The High Calling, read past articles to get a feeling for our style.
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There may be weeks the chosen topic doesn’t inspire you. On those occasions, feel free to write about any of these ongoing, broader themes:
1. What are you passionate about in work? And why?
2. How are you serving God in your work?
3. How are you serving others in your work?
Our team of editors will review all of your stories and select a few to be published on our homepage (and promoted via our social media channels).
We’re looking forward to hearing your story!