Tomorrow is Easter Sunday – (just in case you hadn’t heard yet.)
My wife, who grew up in the Episcopalian tradition, likes to tell the story of hearing one of her priests marching into the sanctuary on Easter Sunday morning and proclaiming with a great, booming voice: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!”
Though she is now the wife of a pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) tradition – her early religious training – and experiences like that – have stuck with her and remain as positive and powerful influences in her life.
I too have early memories of Easter Sunday mornings. The son of a minister, Easter for me was a mix of church service and Easter baskets filled with candy. It was all about Spring, and new life, and the miracle of Jesus being raised from the dead. It was a happy occasion, and not just because of the chocolate bunny – which, by the way, I still love to eat, beginning with the ears.
No, Easter memories are planted deep in my psyche and my soul and tomorrow, as I have done for many years, I will preach about what and who is at the core of it all, the risen Lord.
It has been a long journey, these last six weeks, from the miracle of the Transfiguration to the miracle of the Resurrection. It is always worth the trip.
So, Happy and Blessed Easter to you and yours.
He is risen, He is risen indeed.
What wonderful, blessed news that is.