Dear Friends in Christ,
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. (John 20:1)
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. (Luke 24:1)
Before it was yet light
they came on silent footsteps,
cradling their spices, cold
oils and unguents, as cold
as the skin of the dead,
but warmly scented; cold
comfort: they came
before it was light, yet already
the darkness had been split,
crushed by the weight of glory.
Through its shortening shadows,
Love returned to live another day.