Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!

In this morning's sunrise service, we heard a beautiful Khasi song rendered by the nursing students. Music is part of the culture of the people of Meghalaya and they are all born with a wonderful ear for harmony. Every occassion is made that much more special by the music, be it western four-part harmony or the lively indigenous music (see attached video). As I listened to the beautiful harmonies in the hospital lawn, with the sun just rising and the chill morning breeze rustling the leaves, I was transported to that Easter morning 2000 years ago when the women went to mourn at the tomb. The intensity of their emotions when they heard that Jesus was risen is difficult to imagine - from the deepest of sorrow to exultant and wondering joy. They ran back to tell the disciples what they had heard. As the nurses sang, I just wondered - where is that exultant joy that should accompany our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. Where is the extreme jubilation that should be a part of our commemoration of the victory over death. Where is the overwhelming sense of awe and gratitude for the new life that the resurrection brought. I, and for that matter, a large part of the Christian community seem to be quite content with the platitudes rather than attempting to grasp the real meaning of the resurrection in our individual lives. So today, whenever I wished anyone a happy easter, this was the thought that occurred to me - how happy I and this broken world would be if we could understand a little better the 'costly grace' of the cross (Dietrich Bonhoeffer - The Cost of Discipleship)

At the wedding of a friend

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    First of all, the Blog site looks excellent. A very good way to communicate your thoughts and ideas to the dear ones. The music video also is very good. They are really enjoying the song while singing and playing.

    Prasad & Ruby