By Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey (Co-Pastor at the Oakton Church of the Brethren (Va.))
Mark 16:1-8 “He has risen!”
The resurrection text in the Gospel of Mark says that when the women who go to the tomb discover that it is empty they are scared, confused, and flea. The Gospel even says that they say nothing because they are too afraid. And this is where the Gospel ends. Yet, we know the good news of a risen Lord today, so clearly at some point they got over their fear, and proclaimed that Jesus is alive, he is alive indeed. Even when we are afraid, are confused, and are unsure of what is happening, the reality that God can bring new life even in the midst of death, that God can still roll away stones, gives us hope to step forward. Fear may not go away, but the hope we find in Christ Jesus is stronger than our fear.
Good News: God still rolls away stones.
Discussion question: What worries/fears are burdening you today? What hope is carrying you through right now?
Go one step further: Here is a short video on how to do a Stone Prayer.