Practicing Easter (and flying kites)
What’s hard for me about Easter is that the climactic moment of Easter Day comes – with all its gorgeous flowers and shining brass, its grand music and big crowds, its joy and gladness – and then it fades so quickly. The flowers of spring are fragile – when cut, they don’t last long. The crowds in church don’t come back for the next Sunday. How do we keep the spirit of Easter alive?
Last Sunday, our guest preacher, Tricia Lyons, spoke inspiringly about the spirit of Easter in her family. After suffering a tragic loss, the spirit was lost for some years. They finally got it back by flying kites one Easter Day: feeling the tug on the string as the kite was lifted up by unseen forces of wind. Often, we need to believe in things we cannot see! The kites were lifted high and soared into the sky, just as Jesus was lifted up to live again. Now, Tricia keeps a kite in her car at all times, so she is ready whenever she needs to recapture the spirit of Easter. Tricia calls it, “Practicing Easter.”
How do you “practice Easter” in your own life? Are there certain places that restore the spirit of Easter for you – the roaring seashore, or a majestic mountain? Such beautiful places do inspire me. But when I need to recapture the spirit, the best thing for me to do is to do something kind, something loving and unexpected. When I visit a lonely person, or bring a treat to someone who is suffering, I find I am the one who is helped. My spirit is revived. My joy comes back. When I feel restored, it’s not hard to believe that The God of Jesus is the one who raises the dead to life, who breaks the bonds of sadness, anxiety, or regret, and sets us free.
How do you “practice Easter” in your own life? JBM