Friday, 03 April 2015 18:34

Every Day is Easter!

Written by  Dr. Brian Miller, Aldersgate United Methodist Church
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One of the reasons why my wife, Christina, and I love Easter is that she gets to end her Lenten Facebook fast, and we get to see all of our friends and their children looking happy and good in their new Easter clothes. It makes us smile. If you are hesitant to post your family Easter pic to Facebook, don’t be. Everybody loves it.

Easter is such a glorious day. The excitement breaks forth during a time when flowers are popping and the weather is too beautiful to stay inside. Whether it’s a hat for the special day or the freshest jeans, new clothes are all around. The orchestra leads the celebration during one time of worship. A full band with percussion leads the celebration in another time of worship. Pictures are being snapped everywhere.  

 

The celebration on Easter Sunday is grand, and it should be. When all seemed lost on Good Friday, the power of God raised Jesus from the dead. When no hope was to be found, the resurrection of Jesus spoke once and for all. Death had been swallowed up. Further, the same power that has defeated death invites us toward transformation, to no longer live in our former ways.

 

The weeks after Easter, however, are a slide toward our Good Friday lives. The bills are rolling in. The conflicts that existed haven’t healed. Work is demanding. Five o’clock traffic is still five o’clock traffic. It looks like the report cards aren’t going to be what we had hoped. And, by the way, news feeds are filled with depressing news. Doesn’t everyone else know that it’s Easter?!?!?!

 

We may be tempted to force Easter and transformation on all that we see, lobbing Cadbury eggs like grace grenades on all that threatens our Easter joy. However, as Easter people, our response to a broken world does not need to be strident resistance. After all, the resurrection has won, and human effort wasn’t required. Instead, our trust in the resurrection and the transforming work of God in Christ allows us to be at peace. The resurrection is continuing to win.

 

Easter isn’t an invitation into a perfect world. Easter is the invitation to a new way of life in an imperfect world. 

 

In his book Deep Change, Robert Quinn tells the story of a team of soldiers in World War II who had gotten lost in the Alps on a reconnaissance mission. After a few days, one of the soldiers remembered a map that he had shoved deep in his pack. They pulled out the map, gained some energy, and found their way back to camp. When they arrived, the commanding officer was thrilled. As the return was celebrated, one of the soldiers looked closely at the map they had followed back to the camp. The map was not of the Alps. It was of the Pyrenees Mountains. That map was unable to show them how to get to where they were going. However, because of the map, the troops gained encouragement, energy, and focus that saved their lives.

 

We are invited, even as the first Apostles were, to live in a hope that trusts the resurrection even when we aren’t sure where the map is taking us. In the coming weeks, as you experience Good Friday moments, I hope you’ll remember the words you heard from the resurrection story. Perhaps you will hear the same question asked by the angels to Mary in John 20:15, “Why are you weeping?” Or, maybe, you’ll hear the proclamation of the angel to the women from Mark 16:6, “He is not here.”

 

The promise of Easter is not that our lives will not experience death or pain or difficulty. The promise of Easter is that neither death nor pain nor difficulty will win. 

 

Because of this, we have hope, and every day is Easter.

 

 

 

Dr. Brian Miller is pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery. He may be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

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