The Resurrected Life: The Dawning of a New Day
As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by Brezhnev's widow.
She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed. Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev's wife performed an act of great courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of civil disobedience ever committed: She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her husband's chest.
There in the citadel of secular, atheistic power, the wife of the man who had run it all hoped that her husband was wrong. She hoped that there was another life, and that that life was best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that the same Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband.
It was still dark as the women huddled together for comfort and security while they stumbled along to the rising morning life,
Mary Magdalene led the way follower by Joann, Mary the mother of James and the other women all of whom took courage from a resolute and determined spirit.
As they rushed along toward the tomb many thoughts must have gone through their minds. Why are we going too early in the morning? How are we going to explain our visit to the guards?
Will we be arrested? What good are the spices to anoint the body when the story of the Roman seal is placed at the door of the tomb?
But here they go hurrying to the tomb of Joseph of Armithea where the body of Jesus had been laid on that dark and fearful Friday.
One of them got the courage to ask Mary Magdalene how are we going to roll the stone away from the door of the tomb. Mary thought for a moment and then shook her head and said I don't know.
Best-selling author Max Lucado has a book entitled He Still Moves Stones, where each chapter highlights a different Bible story, and identifies the kinds of ...
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