What does Easter mean for you? What Easter traditions do you celebrate? My adult mind still conjures up wonderful childhood memories of colorful woven baskets filled with chocolate bunnies, jellybeans and the hardboiled eggs that my family and I colored together. Easter meant going to church tucked into a stiff new suit and then gathering around the dinner table with family afterwards. But as we get older, while we still love many of our Easter traditions, I think we yearn for something more.
For Christians, Easter is the story of a God who loves us so much that not even the grave can keep us apart. When the tomb seemed like the end of the story for Jesus, God wrote another chapter for him, for the world and for us.
In an anxious and fearful world that too often shouts, No! to the abundant life, Easter is God’s great big Yes to hope, freedom and eternal life. Where the world builds up fences, God tears them down. Where the world draws borders, God sees us as one. When the world knocks us down, God lifts us up. When the world says that death is the end, God says, “Not so fast; I’ve got something more in mind!”
The Bible says that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Not even death. Where do you see God’s signs of Easter at work in your life? How do you say yes in the world of no? Please share your comments below.
May God bless you and your loved ones this Easter and always with the promise of God’s next good and glorious chapter for your life.
Dr. Mark Giuliano, Pastor
The Old Stone Church, Cleveland