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.