Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
Pascha is a poignant time for most who have lost babies or children. We desperately want our babies with us to celebrate Pascha and their absence is a gaping wound. I’ve had just as many painful and at times, bitter, thoughts about missing my two boys this year as have anyone so I feel like the blind leading the blind by saying this. Innocent would have been over six months old and Andrew would have been due in 6 weeks. The truth is, Christ has risen from the dead! He has trampled down death! Because He joined the divine to the human in Himself incarnate and voluntarily died for our sins, our human nature is elevated to the divine. No longer do we die when we die – our souls are joined to God. Our babies passed directly from us to the arms of Christ without pause. Their bodies do see corruption in the grave, but even those will be resurrected on the last day and reunited with their souls. God did not make us for death, for hell. He made us for eternal life with Him.
We will go to the cemetery this afternoon after Agape Vespers and sing “Christ is risen!” to our boys, but they already experience eternal Pascha. We weep for us, not them. The empty tomb is a symbol of hope, not desolation.
May the resurrected Lord comfort all of you today and every day.