The bunny has come and gone. The eggs were hidden and found. The lilies trumpeted triumphant, and now hang brittle and brown. Alleluias enthusiastically rang out, and now the organ lies quiet. The post-holiday letdown is in full swing.
All the preparation, all the hype, all the hopes…and, in one afternoon, it is finished. Maybe you didn’t get the perfect shot of your child’s face lighting up when they find a Easter egg hidden in the daffodils. Maybe the rolls burned and the roast was dry. Maybe your spouse was too sick to even make it out of bed.
Crafting the perfect holiday in our minds creates expectations for exactly how the day should go. But the reality doesn’t always live up to those expectations. So what do you do today with the feelings of being let down, of being lulled back into everyday life?
Here are 3 ways to bring the joy of Easter Sunday into your life - every single day:
1. Live in “Easter hope.”
Easter is all about new life, but it’s not just limited to a single moment or one day of the year. Our faith permeates all aspects of our life - if we allow it to. Barbara Johnson wrote, “We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.”* We recognize that there is pain all around us, that our loved ones suffer, that we battle every day to be compassionate and loving. With challenges as daunting as these, living in Easter hope isn’t easy - it’s a hard calling, one that every child of God struggles with. But the hope embodied by Easter offers us a fresh opportunity with the dawning of each day to live with renewed purpose, to love God and neighbor, to bring the message of God’s love and hope to those around us.
2. Come to worship!
Every Sunday is a mini-Easter - and worship is built around the joy of knowing a life-giving God. Even during the 40 days of Lent, Sundays don’t count in the tally of days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, because every Sunday of the year is a celebration of the new life and hope offered by God in Christ. So come to worship each week to be reminded of that! Celebrate with other children of God - and be inspired, as you head back into the world.
3. Invite others to experience what you have experienced.
Bring others to worship, so that they, too, can know what you have discovered: that the love and grace of God can overcome any darkness. That a community of believers can support you in the times when you just can’t do it yourself. That bringing your children to encounter God isn’t just good for them, but is life-changing - family-changing, even. Invite others - so that they, too, can experience the love of our living God.
Are there other ways you’ve found to celebrate the joy of Easter each and every day? Be sure to share with me how you keep Easter alive all year long!
*Johnson, Barbara. "Splashes of Joy in the Cesspool of Life." 1992