It’s early dawn in my corner of the world, and the sun is already brilliantly shining on a brand-new day. I look out of my window and see the trees just starting to bud with new greenery and the flowers blooming in beautiful pastels. All seems right in the world.
But the world as we know it is far from right. This Easter, like no others I have ever known, is different. For many it is filled with anxiety and apprehension from the assault of an enemy we can’t see. For a chosen it is unending weariness for the work they do in the care of the sick. For some it’s filled with fear for stricken members of their family or friends. For others it is the fear of not being able to care for their families as they remain jobless and desperate. For the downtrodden, it’s shrouded in grief from the loss of loved ones.
I am personally filled with hope. Hope that this enemy will eventually fall off the face of the earth like a demon conquered by faithful warriors of good. Hopeful that this new way of living is going to continue to bring out the best in people as they find new and inventive ways to live with and care for the people around them. I feel that even in isolation, I am closer to the people in the world at large. I have faith that things will get better.
This will not last forever. It can’t and it won’t. This day is more than Easter baskets and jellybeans and spring hyacinths perfuming the air. This day is about The Resurrection of Jesus Christ bringing light and hope into a dark world. It is the foundation of faith and renewal of hope. Although it’s an Easter like no other, it is the Easter that it’s always been.
So, on this day, count your blessings. Be thankful. Be loving and be kind. Hope for the day we will all be together again, forever changed, but better for having gone through this.