Easter Egg, a Prayer


I’m thinking about how your last act in John,

is to give your mother and disciples to each other–

as family.

I’m thinking about the women and the beloved,

you know the ones who stayed to the very end

became what they always were

the marginalized found family.

Your last act, was church, God.

It was so church, and church didn’t even have a name yet.

Like, there wasn’t even a Holy Spirit in the world yet,

and yet this was your last act–

in the version of the crucifixion we barely read

with a story we never preach on.

Jesus I’m thinking about

how you didn’t just tell us to love one another,


You made a family of belovedness

as the last act you did on earth.

And then I’m thinking how its a hidden treasure,

that we need to find again

it’s the Easter egg message.

Lord, show us how to do this belovedness

how to find the Easter Eggs

how to be a family,

Because surely if there is one more thing to do before we die,

it’s to give each other

to each other

Teach us to give ourselves to one another we pray.


Feel free to use/adapt/share with Credit to Pastor Katy Stenta

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Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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