I saved this for after Easter Sunday. So often, after the anthems are finished, our special meals are cleared off the tables and our friends, family and guests have returned from whence they came, we put our Easter-spirit away like a well-used Easter basket, not to see the sun again until the following Spring. But if we are to be an Easter people, we are to share the Good News that Christ has died, Christ has paid for our sins, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again. It is the miracle of our faith that must be told, shared, and lived each and every day! As Christians it is our “raison d’être.”
With the nature of an unstable world full of matters that try to tear our faith asunder, we have the opportunity, no, rather we have the duty to share the news as Easter people. We are obliged to turn to scripture rather than to steep in our fears. We are to welcome the stranger, love our neighbor and enemy, and speak with words of love and not hate. We are to do no harm, do good, and to stay in Love with God. We should call out the divisive vitriol we hear, not only on the political trail but also in the pews, pulpits and Sunday School classes of our congregations. General Conference looms on the horizon; we should be more concerned with how it is with one another’s soul rather than with one another’s resolutions and petitions. These things are not seasonal. These things are a way of life if we are to move on to spiritual perfection.
As Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated in his letter from Tegel Prison to his family on Easter Sunday, April 25, 1943:
“The liberating thing about Good Friday and Easter is that one’s thoughts are swept far beyond one’s own personal fate to the ultimate meaning of all life and suffering, and of whatever occurs, such that one is seized by a great hope.”
May that great hope carry us through this year and the years to come. May we live into the Resurrection.