The vision fades; the Easter joy is past; Again in dull drab paths our lot is cast. The heavens no longer sing. The war clouds lower. O Lord, where are you in your risen power? The calm voice speaks – it answers all I ask, I am beside you in the daily task. (Georgia Harkness)
The joy and beauty of Easter is a memory now as the week after is in full swing. The chocolate bunnies are partly eaten or as it is in my house they are gone! Life goes on. I started this morning at the hospital with a dear man and his family as he waited to go in for heart surgery- last night I spent the evening with a couple preparing to be married after spending a day dealing with the ins and outs of a church that is trying to grow and be stretched. Now, I am tired. Physically warn out by the week that was last week- but at the same time I find myself on cloud nine as the promise of “He is Risen” still rings in my mind and the sound of the trumpet playing along with Jesus Christ is Risen Today lingers in my heart. Easter was an amazing day- the church was full, people were singing loudly and it was evident that the Gospel promise was not only heard but experienced by all. But then…Monday comes and Tuesday and Wednesday. Now what? Now what do we do? I am reminded of the end scene in Finding Nemo after the fish have escaped in their little baggies and they sit on the road, not able to move- yet free and Bloat says, “now what.” Now what, what does this Easter Promise mean to us as a people- as a creation?
I really think that question is important. In the promise of the empty tomb all things change- yet so often it seems we forget that during the reality of life. The poem above to me speaks the truth well- God is with us- wherever we are- always. The hope that Christ goes through Easter and into this world and this life is what sets me on a foundation and enables me to live, to work, to be through the tiredness and reality of life. That promise- the promise of Immanuel- God with us- is so huge, so important, so life changing that we must work hard to make that truth real for ourselves…AND others in all we do.
Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! And the risen Lord is what gets us through the daily ritual of life. Happy Easter!