In my former life (as a Parish Pastor), this was a very busy time of the year. The season of Lent is a time of reflection in many congregations – that means additional worship services, special events and much planning and creativity. And then came Easter – five worship services, much joy, loud singing, lilies, new clothes and a clear message of renewal and new life in a Savior who provides new life always.
The season of Lent culminates in Good Friday, Holy Saturday and then Easter Sunday. Each day I live, I am reminded of those three days as symbols and reminders of the patterns and rhythms of life. There are those days that seem dark and disastrous. There are the days that follow as we try to get used to new normals and realities. And then eventually there comes the days when we become open to hope and new possibilities and a renewed sense of life. God works in our lives through all of those times. I have come to know that our God of grace is always present, helping us as we move through the cycles of life to renewal and new life in God’s grace!
A blessed Easter to all of you!