Throughout our lives, we all have experiences that build our faith and enhance our spirit. In the weeks leading up to Easter, I had several of these spiritual moments.
First, I was asked to teach Temple Preparation to a humble woman in my area; it was a sacred personal exchange that touched me deeply. Also, I talked with my parents about their final experiences as missionaries as they concluded their mission and found them very moving. Additionally, I listened to General Conference, which is always a high point for me spiritually. I love feasting on the inspired words of the prophet, the apostles, and the other male and female leaders of the church. Coinciding with Conference, I had the privilege of walking with Ordain Women to the standby line at the Priesthood Session; praying, laughing, crying and being surrounded by these devoted and faithful women was inspiring to me.
Lastly, upon arriving home from Salt Lake City, I was asked to give the concluding remarks in my ward’s Easter Program. In preparation for my talk, I prayed and thought deeply about my Savior and His Atonement and felt personally blessed in my preparation. All of the leading experiences shaped my Easter remarks, particularly my experience with Ordain Women. The OW action pulled out a variety of view points and a lot of vitriol. It made me think of how we all see things “differently” and how we each have only a piece of truth. This idea of broken understanding led me to think of the broken bread and the broken Christ – and ultimately about redemption.
As I have thought of Easter for the past 40 days and during this Holy Week, my mind has rest on one scripture … in Mark Chapter 14.
And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. (Mark 14:22)
We continue this tradition of blessing and brEaking bread each week during this very Sacrament Meeting – it is a symbol of Christ.
Jesus knew His body would be broken. He knew a terrible thing would happen – a brutal assassination. It is an intolerable thing. And the miracle of Easter is that God took this intolerable thing, and made it a blessing: the greatest blessing of all.
And because God created blessing out of that which was broken, we can have hope that He will do the same for us. He can take our unmet expectations, our shameful sins, our unspoken hurts – and bring blessing to these intolerable situations.
He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)