Greetings on this beautiful Resurrection Day! Today we celebrate that the long-awaited Messiah has defeated death and opened the doors to Heaven. I want to share the following poem, An Easter Carol, by Phillips Brooks with you. I think it captures in beautiful verse the essence and meaning of this day.
An Easter Carol
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer
Death is strong, but Life is stronger
Stronger than the dark, the light
Stronger than the wrong, the right.
Faith and Hope triumphant say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day.
While the patient earth lies waking,
Till the morning shall be breaking,
Shuddering ‘neath the burden dread
Of her Master, cold and dead,
Hark! she hears the angels say,
Christ will rise on Easter-Day!
And when sunrise smites the mountains,
Pouring light from heavenly fountains,
Then the earth blooms out to greet
Once again the blessed feet;
And her countless voices say,
Christ has risen on Easter-Day.
Up and down our lives obedient
Walk, dear Christ, with footsteps radiant,
Till those garden lives shall be
Fair with duties done for Thee
And our thankful spirits say,
Christ arose on Easter-Day.