We are now in what we call in the church Eastertide or another name is the Easter season. It is the period of time following Easter that we continue living into the exuberant joy of Easter, the empty tomb and the reality that Christ lives! He has risen! He has risen indeed! The question we must continue to wrestle with is how has the reality of Easter changed our everyday lives? Our God is alive, and death no longer has any power over us. Yet, our temptation is to continue living as if nothing happened at Easter…Easter has come and gone, and our lives are still filled with fears, doubts and worries. We still have some work to do in truly believing Christ is alive.
We will remain in this Easter season until we celebrate the ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ on Pentecost Sunday, June 9th, so in the meantime let’s get to work! Part of our work is to continue surrendering over to the living Christ what needs to die in us right here, right now in this moment in our lives for death needs to come, so new life can come enter in. What destructive behaviors, what negative thinking, what patterns of living are not bringing us joy, wholeness and the experience of God’s love? The time is now…the risen Lord offers us a new beginning, a journey of trust, hope and love that builds a foundation of a joyous life! Christ has Risen! He has Risen indeed!