If you have ever lost someone you loved, you know about grief. Psychologists have mapped the process of grieving into what some call “The grief wheel.” It begins with disbelief, shock and numbness. Then the wheel transitions to guilt, anger, bargaining and resentment. Finally, you emerge from despair, and the wheel brings us to acceptance.
The disciples experienced this barrage of emotions as they came to grips with what happened to Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus was something they couldn’t believe. How could it be possible that Jesus was really gone? They ran from the idea; they ignored it! They wept and fell into depression.
On Easter morning, from their turmoil came the equally impossible news: He Lives! Boundless joy must have filled their hearts. The Easter story fills our hearts, as well.
Deacon Dick Folger