Don’t Cry He Has Risen

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Why do you cry? He has risen, Why are you weeping? He’s not dead
Why do you cry? He has risen, Why are you weeping? He’s not dead
He paid it all on that lonely highway, And His anointing I can feel
He shed His blood for my transgressions, And by His stripes we are healed

Kirk Franklin – Don’t Cry Lyrics | MetroLyrics

In this Easter Season we can find hope in the Resurrection. This Resurrection as a historical event  points directly to spiritual and social resurrection alike. Many have lead in the cause to make humanity better, but are now passed on.

“Why are you weeping”  (complaining, frustrated, confused, angry and afraid) of our world today? He has Risen,
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He’s not dead. He is the true  “Bridge over Troubled Water” and the reconciliation of humanity to deity; while also bridging humanity to itself.

the end result is gathering a generation of bridge builders to restore the breach.

“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins, If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. I will always show you where to go. I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— firm muscles, strong bones. You’ll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
 make the community livable again. Isaiah 58:9-12 (MSG)

According to Ali Binazer, The odds of you being born is  about 1 in 400, 000,000,000,000,000 (1 in 400 quadrillion)” This makes you a living unlikely-hood and the greater miracle is the fact that we can exist along side so many other unlikely-hoods.

Ernest-Hemingway1-231x300Ernest Hemingway crystallized the notion of  our common- unity by declaring

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

— Ernest Hemingway

The beauty is in our uniqueness, but the strength relies in our commonalities. It is that human connection that produces the passion that empowers to action. Much of the time Humanity looks to divide into easy relationships with individuals and groups we view as directly similar to ourselves.

Martin Luther King embraced a cause to bring equality for those of his ethnicity and transformed broader discussion that resulted in the freedoms for many. For this cause he gave his life.

Nelson Mandela recognized the time to build was ultimately manifested beyond the potential for bitterness through the years of imprisonment in which he suffered.  However, Mandela did not allow the distraction of  his personal persecution to prevail over the hope of reconciliation.
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” The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.”

– Nelson Mandela

In our present world in which many still face injustice, hopelessness, misunderstanding and division. We all must challenge our thinking in a way that is not a conventional thought process and become those repairers, because in these times it is going to involve sacrifice.  The sacrifice will involve preferring others before self.

 This diverse way of thinking is not new. Christ was it ‘s proverbial poster child. “Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death––and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.”
Phi 2:8 (Message)

The whole idea of building a bridge becomes a candle of light that can solve a problem. The problem is division and the bridge solves the darkness by bringing the two sides of the chasm into a place of relevance through communication, respect and Love.

This bridge has its foundation anchored on both sides of the chasm and together can make the community livable again. The Resurrection boast the hope of all of us unlikely-hoods Building the Bridge Together because He has Risen!

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

 

 

 

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