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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