I wrote these words 10 years ago today, and they ring truer than ever. Maybe you needed to hear them today, too...

Poet Gerard Manley Hopkins said, "Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east." These words evoke a beautiful image of dawn, light, new life. In her book, When The Heart Waits, Sue Monk Kidd says that "to 'let him easter in us' is to let the Christ-life incubate within the darkness of our waiting." At the end of this time is emergence.

So the darkness of waiting and being changed does not have to be scary. It should not be, if it is a womb instead of a tomb. We will enter the cocoon and emerge again many, many times in this life.

May Christ be born in us today as we remember the beauty of letting go and, if we would allow it, coming alive again.