Maybe you sang “He Lives” or “Up from the Grave he Arose”. Maybe you hunted for candy-filled plastic eggs. Maybe you debated “to Peep or not to Peep”. Maybe you went to a church for the first time in a long time. Maybe you scooted down and squished up on your pew to accommodate new faces. Maybe you tried to coax your toddler into a spring photo with a giant bunny.
Whether or not your you and your church follow the liturgy, the fact is a lot of folks celebrated Easter in some way this past weekend. A lot goes into the prep for this holiday. There are food and gifts and decorations to prepare, special services or activities at church to participate in and attend, and then there is our risen Savior.
Every year my prayer is to not get lost in the chocolate, sugar coated, crazy busy weekend rush that I forget to take time to reflect on what we celebrate. This year the words to “He Lives” just won’t leave me be:
I serve a risen Savior he’s in the world today. I know that He is living whatever men may say. I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer, and just the time I need Him he’s always near. Rejoice, rejoice O Christian, lift up your voice and sing eternal Hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the king. The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find, none other is so loving, so good and kind.
Yes, my Savior is risen, and has been for almost 2000 years, but I know he is right here with me (He’s in the world today). I celebrate his death burial and resurrection each time I partake communion and each time I remember my covenant of baptism. That remembrance happens a lot, but it is extra special at Easter.
I see God moving in people’s lives (His hand of mercy and hope of all who seek and loving, good, and kind) and I know prayer delivers peace and encouragement (His voice of cheer and the help of all) and I believe in miracles, even if they don’t happen exactly as we imagine they will (just the time I need Him).
So, what will we do with Easter? What happens after the hunts are over and the last song is sung and family returns home after lunch?
Pinterest will tell you what do with leftover cake and candy and food.
But what do we do with the stranger sitting next to us on the pew today? What about that person who you only see once or twice a year at service? Or the friend on Facebook that only gets real religious on certain days?
How exactly do we serve our risen Savior?
I say, Follow His Example:
Be in the world with open eyes and open heart for the one who needs you to be the hands of mercy and voice of cheer in their life.
Be open to the Spirit moving aound you and bring hope and help and love and kindness to those who need it.
Live Easter every day. 🙂