Easter Saturday

Yesterday afternoon my family got together for an Easter cook-out.  It was the first time all of us had been together in many weeks.

This time the gathering was very different.  While we all tried to make it “normal,” there were no hugs, no kisses and the conversations that we had always came back to one thing, the effects of Corona on our lives.

While I enjoyed being with my family, as being in their company is always the medicine I need, I was sad.  This new phase of life we are all limping through hovers like a dark cloud over every aspect of our lives.

Like most families, opinions on the virus vary from person to person, but we respect each other’s thoughts and yesterday, more than normal, we just accepted those varying opinions.

As I came home from our cook-out, feeling isolated from those I love, missing a hug and kiss, I held tight to the knowledge that although we are separated by six feet, the love we have for one another knows no bounds.

This morning, as I attended Easter Sunday church online, once again the loneliness of our current situation weighed heavy on my soul.  There is no other way to say it, this sucks.

Listening to the service and the music I began to feel a peace in knowing that, as the Preacher said, “there has never been a situation that defeated our God & this one won’t be the first.”

During his sermon, the Pastor laid out the Easter story, but paid special attention to Saturday.  You see, Saturday was the time when there was no hope, our Lord was dead, the world seemed destined to loss.

Using a parallel for today’s circumstances, he equated the times we are now in with that Saturday.  The loneliness, constant bad news we see on our television and computer screens looks hopeless, the despair we feel not knowing when this will end.

But what is different today than that Saturday, more than two-thousand years ago, is we KNOW things will get better.  We KNOW we will move past this and we KNOW we will be able to eventually get back to the lives we once enjoyed.

On that Saturday, so many years ago, the people who walked the land didn’t have that promise, they had to wait until the next day, Sunday….. RESURRECTION SUNDAY, before they saw the real power of our Lord and his greatest miracle.

If you are a believer, that powerful day, when Jesus rose from the grave gives us hope during these dark days.

We will come through this, we will once again hug our loved ones, kiss the cheek of our friends and get back to a life that we once knew.

This Saturday will end, and a new day will dawn.

 

Easter Sunday…. I’ve Just Seen Jesus by Larnelle Harris & Sandi Patty

Holy Week Playlist….. Communion Song performed by Jonathan Stockstill & Bethany Worship

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day that begins the sadness and reflection of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the “last supper” of Jesus and his Disciples.  The night when the betrayal took place and Jesus eventual walk to the cross began.

I had never commemorated Maundy Thursday until I moved to Florida.  The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches taught me about this night and the recognition of the evening.

Services for Maundy Thursday are solemn and filled with self-reflection, coupled with the Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk, these are my favorite two Holy Week services.

Since moving back to Georgia, I haven’t found either service, I miss them.

Tonight I will reflect on what is to come and remember, Sunday is Coming!

Holy Week Playlist….. Easter…. Hallelujah Chorus performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Easter Sunday Playlist….. I’ve Just Seen Jesus performed by Larnelle Harris and Sandi Patty