Easter morning 2014 at St. Bede’s

Easter morning 2014 at St. Bede's

In the silence before folks arrive for worship…

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Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Signs of hope...

(photo credit: Louise Black)

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’ (Matthew 28:1-10)

Changing Seasons

This year, I am not observing Lent. Well that’s not totally true; I started out to observe Lent. In fact, I chose to add Bible time to my life this year. But sometimes life gets in the way. This Lent has been a season of change for me. Thankfully most of these changes have been positive and I am grateful for them. However, it has changed which Church season I am observing.

I have started to celebrate the Easter season. See the biggest change for me has been the stabilization of my chronic illness. I have been battling it for several years and this has been the first time that I have been stable in a while. I have been observing Lent and Holy week for a long time now; mainly because I was going through a difficult time in life. So now, I am celebrating Easter.

But celebrating Easter is hard after being in Lent and Holy week for so long. It is hard to realize that the good news has really come. I can only imagine what the disciples felt when Jesus appeared to them after the resurrection. Lent is 40 days to prepare for the sudden change of death to life and Easter 50 days to move into that new beginning. We need those 50 days in order to help us understand and trust that that good news is real and to learn how to live in that new reality. For me, living in the reality that my chronic illness is stable, is a new journey that I am looking forward to. However, like the disciples, I have no idea how this change is going to make my life look. Like them, I need to just keep moving forward, believing a little bit more each day.

Laurie