Day 47 Easter: Life #40days #rethinkchurch @rethinkchurch @umrethinkchurch #day47 #Easter #ultrasound #foot #life #uncle Easter Wonderfulness: Tara’s to be a mom, Ben’s to be a dad, and I’m to be an UNCLE! Happy happy happy Easter!!!
Just as weeping is universal, so is human suffering of all kinds. This empathic piece illustrates how we are ALL the weeping women of Jerusalem regardless of our age, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, habitat, religion or beliefs. Humanity overflows with tears of empathy over the suffering of others, as well as over our complicit or unintentional participation in causing others to suffer. Our transcendent grief and remorse draw us into the loving arms of Christ who offers us compassion and consolation as we daily weep away the pain of the world.
The photos that make up the mosaic have been collected from the over 100,000 photographs found on the internet of humanity grieving, crying, mourning, or experiencing sadness. Included in these photographs are members of the GABLE community who lovingly stand in solidarity with all who suffer.
The process of pulling together all these photos of people across the globe expressing very real, heartbreaking and painful emotions was agonizing in itself. The stark realization that every moment the world is flooded with tears can be despairing. It can cause us to bitterly answer Christ’s statement, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children,” with, “We do. Oh, we do.” However, this emotional experience also gives us pause to reflect on how we will respond to our collective weeping. Instead of paralyzing us, our tears offer us a hopeful opportunity to corporately embody Christ today, our Jesus who also wept. As the resurrected Body of Christ, we, as God’s children, can share Christ’s healing embrace with humanity, wipe every tear from their eyes. And we can also channel Christ’s righteous indignation over the needless suffering we inflict on our human family into reparative and regenerative action, continually hopeful of manifesting Christ’s Kingdom today.