This week we are with the poetry of Todd Davis, a contemporary poet from the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Today’s Bible reading

Read John 11

Jesus said to [Martha], “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (verse 23-25)

More thoughts for meditation

Ash Wednesday

Around eleven I hike the ridge in what’s left
of last night’s wet snow. Overhead golden
eagles are passing up the flyway, while down the hollow
the sound of water seeks the valley floor. Rain will start
from the west tonight, but for now the glossy leaves
of mountain laurel shimmer. Every quarter hour
brings another of these great birds. Climbing
the sharp crease in the ravine, I saw the first 
bear tracks of the year, which help me to believe
the dead will rise from the grave.

from Winterkill by Todd Davis, 2016

Thank God there are many assurances given that we will, indeed, rise from the dead. How preposterous is this primary promise of Jesus and reciprocal hope of his people! And yet we persist in it! And yet Jesus persists in our midst. From Davis’ spring-snowy ridge in the Allegheny Mountains with its bear tracks and majestic birds to wherever you walk today. Hibernation is not the only sign for your hope. You don’t need to be a mountain man to experience the startling reality of resurrection in something so surprising as some bear tracks. What life can you see at 11 am this morning?

Suggestions for action

Go for a walk. Just for fun, it would be great to do it at 11 am like in the poem. Can you find some signs of life? What surprises are there? Where do you see the resurrection breaking in? How is your faith helped by some ordinary sight today? Tell someone about it. 

Text: “Hey, told me to look for resurrection. I saw ______ and it helped me to believe the dead will rise from the grave”