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Brave Spaces of Transition:

An Easter Morning Reflection

John 20: 1-18

The daily experiences of our lives are filled with contradiction and uncertainty. Each moment of living is a balance between the expected, or known, and what is yet to be discovered or named as true.

Mary’s early morning visit to Jesus’ tomb describes the shock of transition. The message of Jesus’ disappearance and words “we do not know” only led to more questions. Some wanted to discover the truth for themselves.

Each arrival at the site of transition provided another way to name the experience. The unnamed, “other” disciple, looked in and when seeing only cloths, hesitated to fully enter the unknown. Simon Peter rushed in. Mary lingered after the others left. From the ones who name, hesitate, or rush in, to those who walk away or linger behind, each share in a mystery of a human response to transition.

During transition, a sacred brave space is formed. Into this brave space, each of us, in our own way, find life.

How? At the place of transition, we are reminded of the brokenness and coverings for pain. For every parent grieving. For every family uncertain. For every lover longing after the loss of their beloved. For every person unsure as the one they knew so well now looks different. For every person whose goals led to a closed door. For endings and new beginnings. Our lives flow through a series of transitions into brave spaces of transformation.

We experience transformation when we let go of expectations and enter brave spaces that shift our view of what is possible. We again experience transformation when we recognize and embody new life made possible through the transition of the familiar Jesus to the living Christ.

Together, with friends, companions, angels, and strangers, we gather in our own times of transition to create brave spaces to share an Easter mystery: We were once a people who spoke of emptiness. Now we are a people who speak of transformation and new life.

May we live in and move through brave spaces as we listen to the voice of Christ.

by Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator

on behalf of the
Metropolitan Community Churches Council of Elders

Elder Nancy G. Maxwell, Convener
Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner
Rev. Elder Margarita Sánchez De León
Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
Elder Nancy G. Maxwell
Rev. Elder Dr. Candace R. Shultis
Rev. Elder Mona West, PhD