"Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. "

Matthew 27:50-51

Spring in New England means it is time to start sealing all the cracks in the road and filling in the potholes. 

In this season of thawing, where we begin to look around for sprouting daffodils and look forward to the mercies of fairer weather, we begin to pack away the trappings of winter, heavy coats go deeper into the closet and storm windows down into the cellar. Before long it will be barbecues and long days at the beach.

But the roads around here do not forget winter so easily. I see traces of tar sealing cracks and patches of fresh asphalt filling potholes and I remember that we are shaped by the challenges we weather. Things are breaking open around Jesus from beginning to end. The heavens tear open and God’s spirit descends on him at baptism and as he breathes his last, the very ground shakes, rocks are split, and the temple curtain is torn in two. 

This is what happens when God comes to our world. Things crack open. The lingering question is whether we have the courage to await and see what grows in that new space, or whether we feel somehow compelled to pave it over. God does not need to tear the earth down to rubble, but the spirit needs some cracks. And if we can bear them, we will be a part of all those new things God is doing in our midst. 

Prayer: Crack open our old ways God and make a little room for your Spirit to fall afresh on us. Amen

More Devotionals

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By: Todd Rider

"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."

2 Corinthians 4:6

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By: Rev. Ron Kurtz

"See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

1 John 3:1

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By: Mark Patrick

"See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

1 John 3:1

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