The stories of religion are the stories of people. Of human nature. Of the seasons, the cycles, the death and the rebirth. But religion takes us one step further. One step beyond ourselves and our expectations. Religion reminds us over and over again that always. Always. Always. Always. We begin again.
Just when we think that we cannot possibly. That we cannot climb out of the nightmares we have created for ourselves, or out of the nightmares that have simply come to us. Religion tells us, reminds us: this is not the end of the story. Not ever.
There is always another chapter. A chapter which gives us yet another chance. Another start. Another reason to Hope. And in the Christian tradition, the story we have before us is the story of Easter.