We’re coming up on the celebration of the central tenet of the Christian faith. We’ve observed Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Today is Good Friday, and then, the Cornerstone….Easter.
There’s been great melancholy about missing Easter egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and not having a reason to buy a new dress for Easter Sunday. I can’t imagine the consternation if this occurs at Christmas. I don’t know what the reaction to this is from all the CEO attendees (Christmas Easter Only).
I’m hearing interesting takes on the coronavirus in what it means in a spiritual context in this season. Some feel that in an instant, God has taken all the things that we worship from us, like sports events, concerts, entertainment venues, and to be sure, the stability of our entire economic system.
Speculation is rampant. You hear things like, “Well, that’s not gonna happen” or, “These newsmakers don’t know what they’re talking about”, and in other conversations, “We’ll just go back to the way things were“ or, “Well, things won’t be going back to the way they were before“. And people get so emphatically all knowing, like they’re speaking “ex cathedra”. It goes on and on, “I know we’re in the end times” or “This is really not much worse than the flu?”
I don’t know what is or isn’t going to happen, but I’m watching and praying…and I’m sticking with the proverb that describes me and my approach perfectly. “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” So here’s what I’m absolutely sure of.
Christ has risen from the dead!!!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,”
(1 Peter 1:3-6 ESV)
For me, and I can only speak for me…THAT’S the bottom line for all I face.
Here is a song that my good friend, Paul Marino and I wrote about how we want to approach these observances.