Easter has come and gone and it was the most unusual celebration I’ve experienced in my lifetime. The two of us viewed our church service online. We stayed inside all day, because five or so inches of snow had fallen and temperatures were extra chilly. We also stayed inside because we were required to. There was a scrumptious ham dinner in which we overindulged. Another online church service in the evening with hymns we could sing along with. We had phone calls and text messages from family and friends. The only thing missing was the personal touch.
The pageantry of Easter with a church filled with signs of victory over death – beautiful flowers adorning the altar – special choir music accompanied by trumpets and other instruments of praise – were all missing. Still in the quiet of our home, the joy of Easter would not be hidden. This year, more than ever, the thought of an empty tomb reminded us of our empty churches, but the emptiness quickly filled with joy as we rejoiced with Mary at the sight of her risen Savior. He had risen indeed!
Things have changed drastically over the past five weeks. It seems an eternity ago that this all started. We’re getting tired of too much togetherness. We’re feeling isolated. We’re covering our faces and hands. We’re staying at home and many are beginning to feel the stress. Many are concerned about the economy and what will happen if people can’t get back to work again. We still have bills to pay, but the income is no longer there. Change is hard, but as the human race has proven time and time again, we adapt to our circumstances. We’re strong when we unite even when we can no longer meet.
This is the beginning of a new week. Our rejoicing shouldn’t stop. Two thousand years ago things changed too. Jesus left His throne in heaven and became man so He could live among us. He felt every human emotion, experienced loss and sorrow, was crucified and came back to life for us. He didn’t have to do this, but because He loved us so much, He could not do otherwise. This is what Easter is all about. The gift of redemption will never die. When He came down from heaven, the world would never be the same.
As we look forward, change can prove to be good for us, if we allow it. Instead of placing our thoughts on the negative, let’s look at the good things that are coming from it.