This is an unusual Easter in so many ways. Usually, I would be donning a beautiful new Easter outfit and dashing out the door to get to Church in time. As a long-standing member of my church’s choir, I would be part of the service. So, I would need to get there early.
Not this year. Because of the COVID-19 situation, my church had to move their service to an online format. Instead of wearing a new Easter dress and going to church, I’ll be watching an online service; possibly in my Star Wars pajamas. Instead of singing with my choir, I’ll be singing at home over the Shetland Sheepdog who barks if anyone sings higher than a middle C.
But there’s another way Easter will be different for me this year. This is the first Easter I’ve been truly excited to celebrate. Over the past eighteen months, I’ve been on an interesting journey in terms of my faith. I’ve faced my questions and doubts. After doing my research, I’ve come out with a deeper understanding of what I believe. My faith has become so much stronger on this journey. A few months ago marked the first time I could honestly say I loved God since I was a teenager. (More on this in future posts!)
So, while I was a little disappointed not to celebrate Easter on the grand scale I usually do, maybe it’s for the better. Maybe it’s good to celebrate the Resurrection of my Savior without getting caught up in the typical whirlwind Easter ends up being every year. This year, I can really focus on the true meaning of Easter. The fact that Jesus beat death so we could live if we accept His gift of forgiveness and grace.
My church did a flower cross for a couple of Easters. I decided to do one of my own this year in a digital form.
Even though services have been cancelled, it’s still Easter.
Christ has risen. He has risen, indeed!