God, when I think about my job
as I read scripture —
rolling a stone away is an active metaphor.
I can do it and I don’t really know –
(such has been my relationship with the bible)
whether it’s going to be a miracle
or make a stink.
I can also see myself
as another kind of bystander –
unbinding the words and letting them go.
But that is all pretty symbolic.
What none of us is ready for
after telling this story
is having someone we all agreed
was really dead
get out of the grave
and walk straight at us
needing us to stop crying and help.
God bless the reading and hearing
of these words
and don’t let us duck.