Natalie Klinkhammer, FCP
It's Time to Leave Your Tomb
By the grace of God, we have made it through another Lenten season. We have journeyed forty days through the desert of fasting and temptation. We have kept watch with our Lord during His time of agony in the garden. We have mourned the perfect sacrifice of the Son on the cross for our sins. We have waited in grief and fear from the uncertainty of a hopeless future. And yet, it is exactly when all hope seems lost, when all the world is still, that the most incomprehensible miracle unfolds in the darkness of a sealed tomb: our Lord Jesus Christ, “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6), rises from the dead to a new life.
A miracle so unexpected and astounding as the Resurrection obviously deserves some further examining. Jesus, after dying an agonizing death on the cross, is wrapped, placed in a tomb, and the tomb is sealed with a giant stone rolled across the front. To anyone looking at the tomb from the outside, the situation is bleak, the story of hope is over. And yet, as Christians we know it is not. It is St. Pope John Paul II who reminds us of this when he said, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song”. It is in the very depths of this sealed tomb of darkness and despair that the greatest sign of hope for humanity is born to new life, Jesus Christ resurrected!
So what tomb have you sealed yourself in? Maybe you are stuck in your tomb wrapped in the lies that because of something in your past you don’t deserve to bring your fertility to a healthy place. Maybe your tomb is filled with anxiety about having another baby when you are still struggling after the birth of your last baby, and that fear is impacting your marriage. Maybe you are stuck in a tomb you didn’t put yourself in, the tomb of infertility, and it feels like the darkness will never be brought to light. Whatever the tomb you find yourself in is, the solution is the same: let Jesus into the tomb of darkness and despair. He can transform whatever guilt, shame, pain or other lies you may be experiencing into the light of His truth.
And what do you do after letting Jesus in? Well, what did Jesus do after He was raised from the dead? He left the tomb. He didn’t stay hiding inside the tomb, waiting. He rolled the stone away and left!
Maybe your stone is too heavy to move alone. Some stones are heavier than others, and may need helping hands to be moved out of the way. If you feel like you are stuck in your tomb behind one of these stones, that’s alright. Remember, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song” -JPII. Say a pray to Jesus and ask Him to come into your tomb to transform it and reach out to one of our FertilityCare Practitioners today!