Happy Easter to all!
I write with the good news that Easter is not just one day, it’s a 50-day period that is often called the “Great 50 Days.” Also known as Eastertide, Easter begins at sundown on the eve of Easter Day and ends at Pentecost (the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church).
This extended season gives us time to rejoice and the opportunity to experience what it means to say, “Christ is risen!” It’s a time to remember our baptisms and be thankful for our call to follow the Risen One. And yet, I wonder if there’s even more to Easter than 50 days.
Of course, I’m thinking of the hymn “Easter People, Raise Your Voices.” Verse three reads:
Every day to us is Easter,
with its resurrection song.
When in trouble move the faster
to our God who rights the wrong.
See the power of heavenly throngs.
I’ve always loved that verse because it reminds me that for the Christian every day is Easter. Jesus has sent his Spirit to work in our lives for joy, peace, and love—and, yes, resurrection! We can trust that the Holy Spirit is busy righting wrongs as he moves through our lives with power, encouragement, and even conviction.
So don’t let the Easter joy stop after one day. There are at least 50 days. But I’m happier with 365 days of Easter! This Sunday we’ll have more Easter celebration as we confirm 13 young people. I’ll see you in worship!