Once upon a long-ago Easter, I heard a sermon whose central theme was that we are Easter people living in a Good Friday world. At the time, it was a good, solid Easter message. I would have given it a B+. But in today’s strange world, those prophetic words have changed the way I approach each day.
Friends, April 2020 is definitely a Good Friday world. We have pestilence in our world. We are physically isolated. We fear for our families, for our neighbors and for ourselves. And yet, we are Easter people.
I’ve been looking for Easter hope in this Good Friday world and I’ve found it. Once I started looking, I see it everywhere. Here’s where I’ve found my Easter hope:
- I have found Easter hope every time I get the mail at Christ the King. Easter people faithfully send in their offering through the mail and with electronic giving through Vanco. If you are blessed to be able to continue or even grow in your giving, thank you!
- I have found it in a planter of vibrant purple and yellow pansies - an unexpected gift from a CtK member.
- I have found Easter hope in the inspired work of my CtK colleagues. They are sharing Easter hope through online worship experiences, Zoom conference calls, phone calls, and emails. They have found new ways to share Easter hope with us all.
- I have found Easter hope in moments of stillness in these less scheduled days. Prayer comes more easily; more readily. In the quiet, I experience Easter hope pulsing through my veins and I know that God is with me.
- I find Easter hope when I check in with a shared member list and discover hundreds of phone calls that Easter people have made to fellow Christ the King members offering them encouragement, support and prayer.