Resources for Passiontide and Easter

BronwynwhiteBronwyn Angela White is a wordsmith, you can find her resources at Words of Spirit and Faith which reflect a postmodern spirit and a post-christian faith.  (You will find some of her excellent photos and images there) She is one of the contributors to this website.

Brownywn has gathered together a significant number of resources for the Easter period here – if you are looking on a mobile device, remember to click on Menu to see the resources

Here are a few samples 

Confess Forgive

Acknowledgement & Alienation—Reconciliation & Homecoming

© bronwyn angela white
© bronwyn angela white

In small ways, in our busy lives
We confess that sometimes we close our ears to the voices of the many
we close our eyes to the evidence of injustice all around us
we close our mouths when we should speak up, speak out.

Unthinkingly
we flick to a less disturbing channel
drown out the anthems of the dispossessed
ignore the cries for justice sprayed on freshly-painted walls.

Sincerely
we resolve to do more, do better, be better
to listen more intently, speak more patiently
give generously of our gifts and time.

Ruefully
we confess we’ve once again got wrapped up in our smaller worlds
ignored the bigger picture; just… not got around to it. Again.

And again we’re sorry. Again we repent.
And again, we are forgiven.

We lay down the burden of things undone.
We let go of the times we’ve taken shortcuts,
treated earth as an infinite warehouse of resources;
when we’ve settled for being less than we can be
when we’ve lived for the moment, not in it.

We forgive each other. We forgive ourselves.
And, again we are forgiven.

This is our Via Dolorosa and this is our Easter Day:
that what was broken is made whole
that what was spilled, overflows.
Amen

by Bronwyn Angela White

Easter Poem

Eardsley, Herefordshire, England 2011 © bronwyn angela white
Eardsley, Herefordshire, England 2011 © bronwyn angela white

We are the women in the graveyard
bringing embalming things—spices and oils
or brushes and secateurs
to tidy the graves of others
while we wait,

plastic bags to take away dead flowers
our new bouquets
waiting

Patient for the grief to have its day, become familiar
the unexpected tugs of might-have-been
delightful memories mixed with the mundane

Binding our hopes together in the shroud
that wraps our loss

Waiting for life—as we know it does—
to go on
we listen to his mother reminisce:
he was a lovely child
so hungry always, though—for stories, fairness:
so passionate for one so young!

Kapiti Coast 2011 © bronwyn angela white
Kapiti Coast 2011 © bronwyn angela white

We hear and tell our versions of a life:
darling child
enthralling friend
bastard heir to a lost kingdom.

We are the women in the graveyard
waiting for resurrection

meanwhile, love and duty get us through
so we pull at weeds and ask,
do you remember?

And we’ll be on the beach
at Galilee
cooking breakfast.

by Bronwyn Angela White

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