Easter and Holy Week have always been important in my journey of faith, as far back as I can remember. This season has always been about more than bunnies and candy and eggs to me, except maybe when I was very young. I still enjoy the egg coloring and some candy, and let’s face it, bunnies and baby chicks will forever be cute. Yet, the Light and Life and Truth of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection remain my focus during Lent and Holy Week, culminating with Easter morning’s resurrection celebrations.
This year, of course, is somewhat different because of the Corona Virus and our current worldwide experience of this pandemic. Some have exclaimed in the last couple weeks that “Easter is canceled”. These types of statements have been disheartening for me, and I believe these words have helped to fuel the darkness encroaching on our lives in so many ways.
Truth is – Easter will never “be canceled” because it’s a fact of history, not a generic holiday to celebrate.
My heartbeat in the last couple weeks has been sustained by a motivation to bring more light to dispel the darkness. I desire to remind people of all the Hope we have in this life, as well as in the life to come. So, this week, I’ve followed a couple impulses of my heart that I believe the Holy Spirit placed there as a means to fight the darkness trying to creep into my own thoughts and feelings, while at the same time, trying to reach out to others as I can, to help remind them of the Light Jesus continually brings to our world because of his resurrection, and then, his ascension about 40 days later.
He sits in Heaven by his Father, our Abba (Dad), and He sent His Spirit here to live in us and to be all over this world bringing the Light and Life and Hope of God and His Kingdom to us, in us, and through us to everyone else.
I’m hoping your Easter is blessed and that you are fully aware of God’s presence. More than ever, I’m going to continue honoring Easter tomorrow by lighting the light of hope in my neighborhood and then celebrating the Life, the Truth, the Way that is Jesus. More than ever before, I see how our worship, our celebration, our love for God and others brings light and life and hope into our world to fight the darkness. Will you join me in this battle?
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.