Keep the Celebration Going
May 23, 2014
“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” (Psalm 96: 1-2, NRSV)
Only a few Sundays ago, we celebrated Jesus’ Resurrection. Ministers wore white. Children filled their baskets with chocolate eggs. With glorious festivities we entered the season of Easter, a great 50 days, but on the following Monday morning I still asked people: “What did you do for Easter?” I asked this question as if Easter were over.
Easter is not over. The saving work of Resurrection has just begun! We do not return to business as usual. The Prince of Peace, the Son of God, the King of Glory, has risen from the dead. This information, this action, demands a response.
On that first Sunday, we celebrated with fanfare, incense, song, and shouts of Alleluia! Yet here I am, only a few weeks in with the fabulous knowledge that love wins, and well, um…The party is seemingly ended. I can so easily return to business as usual when the opposite of usual has occurred!
This Great 50 Days invites us to continue in the celebration. We celebrate the knowledge that death does not get the last word because Christ has trampled down death. New life surrounds us!
So, how do we celebrate? How do we keep this party going? We love. We keep sharing our love. We receive that love which never ends.
Celebrate the Resurrection today with some small gesture: sing in the shower or dance during the commercials on television or smell some flowers.