Easter already? How can that be? It’s too
early. It’s not even April yet. We’re not ready.
Funny, especially when we’re little, we
can’t wait for special, happy occasions. Whether
it’s a birthday, Christmas, a visit from grandma and
grandpa, the arrival of a new puppy or kitten, it
can’t come soon enough. Yet here we are with an
earlier than usual Easter and we’re trying to push
it back if only for another week or two. The most
spectacular feast of our faith and we’re crying out,
But Easter is here, not just now, but
always. Jesus is risen. He is with us yesterday,
today, and tomorrow. And we should be eager to
rejoice with him. What can be better than knowing
that Jesus is alive, that God has conquered death
and darkness with Life and Light? How can we
possibly want to postpone something so miraculous
If only an early Easter season could mean a
longer Easter season, but liturgically it does not.
Nevertheless, we can strive to keep the spirit of
Easter alive throughout the year. Let us be light
and life for those who need it most now and always.
How amazing is your love,
A love that overcomes, endures and redeems.
How astounding is your life,
A life that sustains, heals and creates.
How awesome is your hope,
A hope that promises, restores and inspires.
How absorbing is your truth,
A truth that releases, changes and rebuilds.
How we worship you, as we remember the moment when
your love conquered.
When out of the cave of sorrow Jesus arose to
release forgiveness to the world.
And each time we encounter this resurrection day we
are again lifted to an eternal place.
Our sin, brokenness and darkness fall away and your
light and peace flood our lives.
How we thank you for this incredible celebration we
- Welcome the Easter season with an
intentional awareness of its beauty—in nature,
in people, in scripture, wherever you are and
whatever you are doing. Let the child inside you
celebrate without hesitation or delay.
- Seek out someone who could benefit
from your light, your warmth, your faith and
hope. Be present to him or her, whether just
sitting and listening, talking or serving.
- Dedicate a piece of your life to
building the Peace of the Risen Christ as a
voice for refugees; trafficked persons; victims
of war and discrimination; people in need of
affordable housing, health care, jobs with a
living wage, clean water, a sound education.
Write, call, rally, march, vote so that
policy-makers know that you are guided by
Christ-like principles, by the Corporal Works of
Mercy—to feed the hungry, give drink to the
thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the sick,
shelter the homeless, visit the prisoner, bury
the dead. We are a Resurrection People. Let the
world know and believe!
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