We Need You This Easter, Christ

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

We Need You This Easter, Christ

Why did you have to die, Christ?
Why did you die and live after your dying?
We have forgotten that you have died.
Your cross is only meant to adore our necklines.
We have forgotten that you have ressurected.
Your grave is adorned by our goods of convenience.

Why did you have to die, Christ?
Why did you wake up from the dead?
And assure us that you are with us in our daily life?
Why did you have to die, Christ
And proclaim life after death
and in all forms of our death?

Yes, we need you, Christ,
to claim life over our ways of dying.
We need you, Christ,in our daily life
stamped with sorrow, fear, pain and hatred,
in our sea of hurts and longing for
rest and peace in the heart.

Come and join with us this Easter feast
Let your cross bear us that we can walk
Through the valleys of death in our life.
Let your grave be opened to spread the
Incense of the central values in life
You have taught us to live and emulate.

Be with us on this Easter feast, Christ.

Elizabeth Padillo Olesen
April 6,2009

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