Can you see it? I have been in the sanctuary of the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore many, many times over the years; but last Sunday was the first time I saw it. Look closely at the window…..
The sanctuary window is often lit from behind by the early morning sunlight; so much so that the altar party may be dappled with the blues, greens, and reds of the spectacular stained glass. This past Sunday, however, it was a grey day; heavy raindrops echoing my tears as I walked quickly from the parking lot and slipped into the pew.
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia! At 10 a.m., voices rang out with our Easter proclamation. We said those words together on Sunday — me in Baltimore, you in Concord — as we joined with our brothers and sisters around the globe in this season of hope, new life, Resurrection. It was so comforting to realize again how deeply connected we are to one another. Not simply by our common prayers, liturgy, and buildings (Church of the Redeemer may look familiar as it was designed by Trinity Concord’s architect, Pietro Belluschi), but in our love and care for one another, for our neighbors, and for the world. It was in that moment that I saw it….in the window reveals a white cross…the Cross of Christ which unites all of us in our lives and in our death. What is revealed is Him and His Love; the One who died for us and rose again. Can you see it?
The day before, I had presided at the funeral of my beloved Dad, in the church where I heard my call to seminary and ordination. Before the service, as I was in the church getting ready, out of the corner of my eye I glimpsed someone familiar, a man standing quietly at the end of a pew. Not quite sure I was seeing clearly, I walked over to him and it was our Sr. Warden! Ernie had driven down to Baltimore from Concord that morning to represent you all; to witness to that connection we have as Church. That gracious and loving gesture revealed to me the fullness of my faith journey from there to here. It revealed again that everything is connected, we are all one Church, we are all One Body.
Thank you for your love and care, prayers and condolences poured out so freely for me and my family. We are deeply grateful. In the weeks and months to come, may we all seek glimpses of the Divine in unexpected places as Christ continues to be revealed in the here and now.
Your sister in Christ,