This year Easter will look a bit different.
You may have never seen anything quite like it.
Churches will be empty. Our Sunday best and bonnets will gather dust in the closet. Dinner parties are canceled and egg hunts have been dismissed.
Virtual praise and worship will fill our homes. A digital pastor will call upon his congregation to pray for the masses as we celebrate the victory of Jesus’ resurrection from a socially acceptable distance.
Others will sleep in and continue to perpetuate lies of bunnies and eggs. Their hope remains locked up in do-good-er attitudes and having enough instead of truth in life that extends past their physical date.
The church numbers are typically the greatest over this day of reconciliation and adoration. Instead they will be the smallest despite Jesus being the biggest international need.
Our faith needs to not be summed up by what we’re lacking or the scoffing attitudes of laziness that will no doubt consume our communities. We need to rise up and above the depressed attitudes of life we are facing in our trying times and stand firm. We must be a beacon and shine a light on our streets, in our towns and towards our families. We need to be a pillar of faith in light of isolation, sickness and doubt.
Truth is truth even if the cathedral bells are silent and our gatherings are small. Jesus is alive even if we are staring death in the face. We need to remain grounded in the truth no matter what the next breathe brings us or the the final word of human authorities place upon us. He is the truth, the life, and all the love we will ever need.
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Remember that He can do more than any worldly pandemic. He is immeasurably more powerful than death, fear, or destruction. Always put your hope in the only one who beat the enemy and will continually conquer over all evil.
Easter isn’t the end, but the beginning. New life isn’t on the horizon. It is here. Cling to that hope, my friends. He will see us through.
8 thoughts on “Hope Remains”
Amen! Our hope is in Christ alone. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post.
Amen! I love Ephesians 3:20-21. Have you ever heard Priscilla Shirer speak about this passage? Her enthusiasm is so contagious!
Thank you for writing for sweet HOPE and directing souls to our Lord! Beautiful as always!
Our hope is in Christ alone. Happy Easter 😊
Maryann, this has got to be the best thing I’ve read concerning faith since all of this started!! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I am truly blessed for having read it.
Thank you Stacey
You’re welcome 🙂
Thank you for this, MaryAnn. Our celebration might look different but our Hope is as secure as ever. In these times we can light our light shine in myriad ways.
Blessings to you and yours as we celebrate our risen Saviour.