Up at 6am, trying to be quiet to avoid waking the family, I stood in the kitchen waiting for the heating water to make tea. In the early morning light I wrote, filling in our daily board: notes for the day, jobs, meals…
the words hit me kind of hard
Not the literal meal, that would be good, I enjoyed the food yesterday and I’m thinking it will be nice (after all the preparations yesterday) not having to cook dinner tonight. So, nope it wasn’t the dinner plans but the words that made me pause.
Exhaustion… sugar high/crash… finding remnants of broken Easter eggs for months… Some days after Easter that’s what we awake to find. Is that all that we have left? And I know: the celebration of Easter happens on one calendar day out of the 365 days in a year but because of Easter all our days can be different.
We don’t live on Easter leftovers.
We live Easter, Resurrection Day.
We live the hope, the promise that Christ’s resurrection brings. And yes, it isn’t all “pretty” because Easter morning was preceeded by all that transpired during Holy Week. It isn’t all “clear” because as we keep reading the gospels, following Christ’s resurrection there were still moments of confusion. It isn’t all “easy,” the book of Acts makes that apparent.
But life was forever changed on that resurrection morning.
Are we? Or are we living on “Easter leftovers?”
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Romans 6:3-11 ESV