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Third blatantly religious entry in a row! Easter has put me on a roll!

My Easter weekend has been remarkably appropriate. A bad day to co-incide with the despondent feeling of Easter Saturday, and now a joyful, exciting day to co-incide with the euphoric Easter Sunday. Of course, my excitement over U2's public rehearsal and the unbelieveably awesome setlist they practised can't even begin to stand up to the ultimate joy that came on this day some two thousand years ago. Today, we recognise a day that completely changed the course of world history, the day when Jesus Christ rose again, conquered death and the grave, atoned for humanity's sins, and turned despair into joy in an instant. In his resurrection, we see the victory of righteousness and the omnipotence of God in the removal of death's sting - we surely have reason to celebrate today. Easter Sunday, in an emotional sense, couldn't be further from Good Friday. Good Friday is a day of defeat where the disciples sink into the miry clay of despondency, and Easter Saturday is a scene of absolute hopelessness. All of that, however, is wiped away in an instant by Easter Sunday. Even when we see no hope, even when the situation is at its most catastrophic (really, is there anything more catastrophic than the death of the man you believe to be the saviour of mankind?), the important lesson to be learnt from Easter is that in God, there is always hope, there is always a reason to persevere, and at the end, there is unimaginable glory and victory.

I feel today's a day to celebrate, to recognise that this life is not ultimately bleak but ultimately able to be fulfilling, glorious, and even jubilant. There are so many low points, so many disasters, so many tragedies - but above it, we have much greater glories. Even the act of bringing a smile to a face and warmth to a heart is greater than a calamity. The pain of a week of tragedies can be erased through just an evening of happiness. The victory of Christ and the elimination of the despair of both the disciples and eternity is far greater than that; it more cause for joy than I could ever state. We've been brought out of the pit, out of the miry clay, and it's time to sing a new song ... so sing this song with me, this is:

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Written by King David, shamelessly plagiarised by U2, performed in Bologna on 5 February 1985


I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He lift me up out of the pit
Out of the miry clay
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long, how long, how long, how long to sing this song?

He set my feet upon a rock
He made my footsteps firm
Many will see, many will see and hear
I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

You sing it!
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long, how long, how long, how long ...
... to sing this song?

Thank you, good night.

Nobody gonna feel no pain
Somebody gonna live again
Somebody gonna hope and you say
And you say, and you say, and you say
How long to sing this song?
How long?
How long? Yeah, how long?
How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?

Good night!
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