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Easter is right around the corner. Grocery stores are packed with egg-shaped candy and everything is colorful and bright. It is a wonderful time of the year for the Christian who celebrates the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus. This week is meant to be all about hope, fulfillment, and joy because of Christ’s defeat of death. We will (most likely) sing upbeat Easter-themed songs that contribute to the excitement of the resurrection and our promise of eternal life with Christ.
On another hand, Easter may not be a joyful time for everyone. Author Joyce Rupp writes “I have often wondered just how many people do feel that joy deep inside themselves… Illness or other bodily changes, tragedy or other anxieties, may prevent us from feeling the enthusiasm proclaimed in the songs, prayers, and messages of Easter.”
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If Easter morning comes and you do not feel the overwhelming joy that the church says you should have, Rupp encourages readers by writing that “Easter is more than a feeling moment. It is a faith moment.” The way she has learned to rejoice on the hard days is to remember all of the “little easters” that happen throughout life. It can be a simple moment of standing in the sun, receiving a sweet letter, getting a good night’s sleep, hearing children laugh, or having a meal with friends. There are so many little moments and actions that make up our days and lives. It is easy to let these moments pass by without thinking about their significance in our lives. We quickly feel defeated by any lack of excitement in life or by any sadness or pain we feel.
Easter means more than just a celebration once a year. Christ’s death and resurrection offers us life every day. Through God’s grace, there are “quiet reassurances that...
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