Have you ever noticed that the Sundays following Easter Day are called the Sundays of Easter, and not The Sundays after Easter?
The Resurrection of our Lord is so significant that we continue to celebrate it for the fifty days leading up to the Day of Pentecost (ten days after Christ’s Ascension). While the Season of Lent was a time for fasting and contemplation as we remembered Christ’s suffering and death, the Season of Easter focuses on our seeing Jesus as our triumphant Lord and Savior. It is a time of praise and thanksgiving in our worship and in our living out our daily lives in gratitude and service.
Richard Avery and Donald Marsh wrote a wonderful song which reminds us that the Easter experience should continue to be a part of our daily lives. I am especially fond of the refrain and one particular verse:
Ev’ry morning is Easter morning from now on!
Ev’ry day is resurrection day, the past is over and gone!
Daily news is so bad it seems the Good News seldom gets heard.
Get it straight from the Easter People! God’s in charge spread the word!
(Words and Music © 1972 Hope Publishing Co.)
This wonderful song reminds us that our Risen Lord is always with us. Christ walks alongside us and sees us through both the good and the bad that come our way. With every approaching day we can either expect the worst, or we can look upon it as an exciting opportunity to share the Good News of Christ’s presence both in our lives and in the world. If enough “Easter People” live our lives with attitudes of gratitude to our Risen Lord, we can effect positive change in others and even bring about positive results in the midst of adversity.
There are still a lot of days of Easter in front of us, so let us approach each new day with the attitude that God’s in charge and that we have an opportunity and an obligation, as Christ’s disciples to share that news in the way in which we live our own lives. The past is over and gone. The future is yet to be written, both for us and for those with whom our lives intersect. What an exciting thought!
Yours in Christ,