Day 5

Byron Smith dares us to act hopefully in the face of despair, because of the promise we have in Jesus’ resurrection.

"He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said.”

                            Matthew 28:6


"Hope is not like a lottery ticket you can sit on a sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency." —Rebecca Solnit.

Arriving at the tomb in which their hopes were buried, these grieving faithful women thought they had come to finish laying their dreams to rest. Instead, they are stunned by the unutterable presence of angels, the impossible announcement of an absent body, the absurd confirmation of his promise to overcome even death. Their catastrophic loss had itself been disrupted by a yet greater interruption.

Destruction, defeat and despair are not inevitable.

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." —Arundhati Roy.


Take Action

Take action through courageous hope!  Consider an ecological or climate issue where a disastrous outcome seems inevitable. Work towards a desirable outcome, even if it only makes sense in light of the resurrection.

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Byron Smith is an ecological ethicist helping churches join the dots between caring for our common home and Christian discipleship. He has a PhD in theological ethics and also works in pastoral ministry at an Anglican church in Paddington.



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