It’s April, and that means Easter!
This month, we’d like to hear from you! Do you have a special Easter memory? How will you be celebrating this amazing season of grace? Will you share with us? Just leave a comment, letting us know your own Easter story. Or, during the month of April, perhaps you’d write an Easter post and link up here with this community?
To get things started, I’m sharing a memory of a special Easter Sunrise Service.
On Easter morning the alarm goes off extra early and I reach out from underneath the sheets for silence. The air is still and dark and hushed and I stretch arms and legs and reach my toes for warmth among the sheets.
It’s early and the sun still hasn’t made its way to our side of the world. And early is the point of this exercise.
We rise before the sun on Easter and we pull on denim and knit and keep our children in their pj’s and wrap them up in blankets and their anticipation mixes with their groggy and we talk in whispers in the dark. “It’s Easter,” we breathe into their ears and we buckle them in so that they’re safe while stars still twinkle in the air above us and the edges of the sky begin to show some signs of giving way to Light.
We drive in quiet and I watch the sky and it feels like the very air itself knows something special’s going on. The sky is rolling up its hemline and a slim line of silver sparkles at the edges of the earth as we park our car among the rest and join the others who have come as witnesses to grace, at the dawning of this new day.
These broken and put together worshipers smile in an open field beneath the sky. We whisper, “Happy Easter” and we can see our breath as the sky begins to glow and we are led in songs and prayers. Then the preacher ushers in the sunrise as he tells the story of Jesus giving us back our lives early in the morning, more than 2000 years ago.
The sun fills up the sky and pushes back the darkness and later we will warm up in the fellowship hall at church. We’ll eat eggs and grits and bacon and biscuits and we’ll talk loudly and laugh deeply. But for now, beneath this sky that glimmers bright above us, we lift up our hearts with praise to God who saw our bruised and battered and broken selves and came to meet us exactly where we were, before we even knew we needed it.
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Now it’s your turn! Leave a comment, or link up an Easter story to share here with the (in)courage community! We love hearing from you!
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