If I had to name my favorite of all the devotional posts by Emily Polis Gibson at Barnstorming that I’ve read in the 2 1/2 years since I discovered her blog, I think it would have to be her entry Dayspring to Dimness, which she posted in 2012, and which I then posted here at L&B. The quotation from Gerard Manley Hopkins, exhorting us to let Christ “easter in us” has stuck with me over the past 2 years, and it is undergirding my resolve to enter fully into this 50 day Easter season and invite Christ to increase His light, His beauty, His truth, His joy in me. I want to live more in the fullness of His resurrection life!
So… I was excited to see that Emily has again posted Hopkins’ quote, and her reflection on what it means.
Here’s the key portion of her reflection:
“Let Him easter in us, be a dayspring to the dimness of us, be a crimson-cresseted east.”
― Gerard Manley Hopkins
Too often, the bright light of Easter morning dims over time
as I return to my daily routine.
In mere days,
the humdrum replaces the extraordinary,
tragedy overcomes festivity,
darkness overwhelms dawn.
The world encourages this,
I don’t muster enough resistance.
I climb right back into the tomb of my sin,
move the huge stone securely back in place,
and lie there waiting for rot to settle in.
I am not alone. I have plenty of company with me behind the stone.
The stone is pushed aside,
the burden shouldered,
the debt completely paid.
How can we allow the light to dim?
He is risen.
We are eastered beyond imagining.
Yes! Amen! Hallelujah!!
Oh Lord, continue to Easter in us, transform us. Let us live in Your resplendent joy and radiance these coming 50 days!
Romans 8:11: If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.