This ad seems so colorful for this time in history to celebrate Easter. Candy is a important part of the observance. My favorite Easter candy is black jelly beans and Reese’s peanut butter eggs.
This is going to be one of those posts that is more of a reflection and recollection of very recent history.
A lot has happened in the first few months of 2020. Coronavirus has been with us for awhile. Last Sunday was Easter and tornadoes hit my city of Chattanooga, Tennessee with a natural fury. Weeks earlier it hit the cities of Nashville and Cookeville, Tennessee. It seems that would be plenty of stuff for a year let alone just four months or so.
There has been a lot of death and destruction this year. What is happening before our eyes is troubling and sad. In the midst of keeping people safe people are getting restless. People who lost everything are trying to figure out what to do next. For everyone this has been a time of taking in a lot of chaos and not having a lot of control over the circumstances.
The only thing about defeating chaos is to come together in community. Cooperating and collaborating. Being less individualistic and being more of a team player. Whether it be sheltering at home or cleaning up the remains from a storm its about being defiant in your love for those who share this life and space with you.
Now is a time to realize that chaos is always with us but we have a choice to react to it and meet it head on. There is not a easy solution and it will take time to make it through. No matter what you have to answer the call and see what your response to it will be.
This Easter morning was a different one. Instead of gathering at church for worship it was watching via YouTube. Many churches have celebrated in a similar way. For me it was good to have a shared experience with other believers who are doing the same. For many this is a time of life defeating death. Thanks to technology this is possible and it seems to have more meaning in this time of pandemic. My priest and the staff at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, TN have done great work in this new normal we are going through.
Tomorrow Christians celebrate an empty tomb and their houses of worship should be empty too. Jesus said to love thy neighbor and staying home is one of those ways you can do that.
May humanity, kindness, love, peace, inclusion, patience, peace, kindness, and acceptance be resurrected on Easter.
However you may or may-not celebrate Easter may it be a time when your family can come together and be whole and renewed. May you find your spirit reborn and that life has new meaning.
As seen today at a local store Reese’s and Cadbury eggs are on the shelves. Sorry, Valentine’s Day its Easter candy time.
Happy Easter to you and yours. He is risen, indeed. May the Lord be with all.
Yes, Sunday is coming but its Saturday where we should feel uneasy like the disciples felt. The chaos of that day when Jesus in their minds was dead is something to be contemplated. We cannot ignore that in-between when all Hell seemed to be breaking loose and Jesus’ crew were shaking with fear. I think its that experience that should never be glanced over. For many of us its that uncertainty where faith, belief and truth are tested.
Maundy Thursday is the day Christians remember Jesus gathered with the disciples in an upper room where he washed their feet and shared a meal with them the night before his trial and crucifixion. It’s a time of humility and reflection as well.