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We Rise!
by brian j plachta on April 12th, 2020

We Rise!

It happens every morning. The alarm clock rings. Our hands stretch out from beneath warm blankets. Click. The ringing stops. We rub our eyes and lift our bodies. We rise.

Shuffling into the kitchen in our pajamas, we make coffee, pour ourselves a mug, and click on the news. After checking social media, we slap together lunches, and zip off to work or the gym.

What if instead at the start of the day, with a steaming cup of morning brew in hand, we move to a quiet place to be alone, to let silence find us, to pray. In that sacred space, we open our hearts and connect our souls with the inner voice of love. We rise.

Jesus rose daily.
He stretched his limbs, lifted his bones from the ground, and sat silently, listening to his Father. In solitude, Jesus gained strength to meet the challenges of the day. The inner voice of the Spirit provided wisdom and guidance for his journey. Filled with the love his Father showered upon him in the quiet, Jesus rose and attended to the day’s tasks.

Rising—the movement from a lower place to a higher one, an upward motion—occurs every day in ordinary ways. We rise to greet a friend and embrace compassion. We lift a child toward the sky and feel joy. We stand to watch the sunset and our hearts fill with awe.


Our rising becomes sacred when we become aware of Divine Presence
—when we realize the simple act of getting out of bed is a gift. We wouldn’t be able to experience this ordinary human function without the breath God has given us, without the muscles that lift our bodies, without the brains that coordinate our movements, and without the soul that recognizes everything is holy.

Jesus had a divine rising on Easter.

For Christians, his resurrection isn’t just a historical event that occurred thousands of years ago. We rise with Christ each time we awaken to the presence of God. Every time we connect with our inner spirit—when we open our hearts and notice God’s amazing grace—we sense a deeper knowing. We embrace love flowing from the Spirit. We unite with Christ’s divine rising.

As Christians, we attend church services and lift our hearts in praise to the Trinity we honor and adore. We eat Jesus’ body and drink his blood as heaven and earth become one in and through us.

We sit in morning meditation and prayer, realizing we’re incomplete without the divine guidance and love of the Creator. Then, filled with the Spirit, we rise and attend to the work God has given us to do.

Notice divine risings.
Let rising from sleep be the first resurrection of your day. Then rise and take time to be alone with the Creator. Let it become Eucharist, a time to feed on the love and wisdom of God’s spirit. Turn off the phone and radio while driving. Open your heart in the quiet. Hear your inner voice—the soothing whisper of the Holy Spirit.

When the day becomes overwhelming, stand still with feet planted on the ground. Notice the Creator is enfolded in each moment as you experience your breath, your heartbeat, and the compassion you offer yourself and others.

Let your heart rise as you focus attention on God’s divine presence. Enjoy the never-ending resurrection—the gift of the Holy Spirit—God in us—as you entrust your day to the Heavenly Father and proclaim, “We rise.”

—brian j plachta
originally published in Faith Magazine

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