Dawn Chorus

“Early on the first day of the week while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb, and she saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb . . .” John 20:1-18

Then you know she ran and told the others, and Peter and the disciple whom Jesus loved ran there, and it doesn’t say so, but she must have run back with them because when they left the tomb, she stayed there weeping.  And she felt desperate.  She told the angels that they had taken away her Lord and she did not know where they had laid him.  Then Jesus found her — she thought he was the gardener at first, and she said if he’d taken away the body, please to tell her where he had laid him so that she could go get him herself, but then he said her name, and she recognized him, and he sent her to tell the others, and she went and proclaimed the beautiful news: “I have seen the Lord!”

Early this morning I walked outside and heard the dawn chorus, and it was so beautiful that I came back in and held my phone out the window and tried to record it for you, and I am posting it here as my Easter greeting to you as together we greet Jesus today (or whenever you read this since he is always there — whether or not the birds are singing or we are listening).  If in addition to the birds you’d like also to hear people singing about Easter, I posted a very lovely rendition of one of my favorite British Easter hymns, “Now the Green Blade Rises,” on Easter of another year, along with the lyrics, and you can click here to hear that.  “Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.”


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