Eastertide–Dayspring to Dimness

“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins

Too often, the bright light of Easter morning dims over time as I return to my daily routine. In mere days, the humdrum replaces the extraordinary, tragedy overcomes festivity, darkness overwhelms dawn. The world encourages this, and I don’t muster enough resistance. I climb right back into the tomb of my sin, move the huge stone back in place, and lie there waiting for rot to settle in.

I am not alone. I have plenty of company with me behind the stone. There is no excuse for us to be there still.

The stone is pushed aside, the burden shouldered, the debt completely paid.

How can we allow the light to dim?

He is risen. We are eastered.

I need to live that truth, not wait for rot.

8 thoughts on “Eastertide–Dayspring to Dimness

  1. Emily, I have been so thrilled that I discovered your blog during Lent. The photos, quotes and reflections you have posted in the past 2 months have been rich food for my soul. Thank you.

    I’ve posted the Hopkins’ quotation this morning at Lent & Beyond, a prayer / devotional blog I’m a part of. I hope it’s ok with you if I post your whole entry (with full attribution and a strong recommendation to bookmark your blog) tomorrow. It’s just so lovely and powerful and I couldn’t think of any way to do it justice with merely an excerpt.

    May the Lord daily strengthen and encourage you and your family.
    Karen B. Lent & Beyond


  2. thank you, Karen, for your wonderful blog and including my Lenten/Easter posts as part of what you offer up every day, feeding us with beautiful prayers, words and reminders of His gift to us.


  3. I have just discovered your blog via Anglican prayer. Lovely photo and thoughts, Gerard manley Hopkins has long been a favourite of mine. Thank you.


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