Here’s to Eastering

The snow and cold are lingering on the Canadian Prairies, and challenging the celebration of new life that we have come to associate with Easter. Newscasters report that depression is up by about 25% among us. So, as our winter weary bodies and souls long for spring, it is good to look for hope in some other aspects of the season.

The Easter Season, which extends for eight weeks in the church year, is about more than the return of the growing season, as wonderful as that is.

  • It is about celebrating the joy and vindication that comes from doing the hard but right thing, like Jesus did, and enjoying the rewards. Have you hung in there when the going got rough, and made it to the other side of a crisis? If so, celebrate!
  • It is about celebrating forgiveness, second chances, and glad reunions. The days after Jesus’ resurrection were filled with confusing, but life changing encounters that transformed the disheartened and ashamed disciples into courageous ambassadors. What paths toward forgiveness, second chances and reunions can we claim in solidarity with them?
  • The Easter season is about taking hold, and responding to new understandings. We are living in times of major change, including climate change. Can we step out in faith, even while confessing our unbelief, like Thomas did, and live courageously into the new realities of our lives? That’s eastering.

I hope these little celebrations can bring new life to winter weary Prairie folk, even as we wait for the warming sun to win its battle with the prevailing weather patterns. Here’s to eastering!Image


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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