We are nearing the end of the first week of Easter, but the celebration is just getting started! Easter, as you may recall, is not just one day, but fifty days. It is fitting that it is the longest festival in the Church Year, because it is the very pinnacle of it. Jesus’ triumph over sin and death, which opens access to God to all who believe and are baptized, is cause for great celebration!
During these difficult days before us, we need cause for celebration. So, consider ways that you can celebrate the joys of Easter in the week ahead. Start by reviewing the story. Look back at the resurrection account in John 20:1-18, which we read this past Sunday (or the other gospel accounts perhaps). See if you can place yourself in the story. Who do you relate to most? What emotions arise, or insights come forth? Could you retell it in your own words to someone else? Journal or jot down some reflections.
After reviewing the story, find creative ways to celebrate. If you have younger ones in your household, take a look at the Worship and Wonder video on Youtube to discuss. You may find it by clicking here as you reflect upon the story (https://youtu.be/iR-gl2SNAEM). Perhaps you may consider a craft as you celebrate. You could talk about new life, as we recall in the symbol of eggs this time of year. A fun activity we tried was making nature eggs to discuss what happens in the Easter story. You can find it by clicking here (https://sproutingwildones.com/nature-easter-eggs/). Consider making a special meal or doing a fun activity to mark the moment in the days ahead.
Find ways to enter into the celebration, because we need moments of joy (perhaps even more so in these days)! We can rejoice in them, and allow our hearts to rest in the changelessness of God’s love toward us. As you continue the celebration, share with us ways that you have found to do so. Email us, share them on Facebook, or make a short video! Let’s connect in creative ways in the weeks ahead as we continue in Eastertide!