I love the Easter season. Spring is robust. The pollen is all around. (That’s the only thing I really hate about the Spring season). Everything is coming to life and having it’s own metamorphosis and the world just has a promise of change. Changes of new things to come, to be seen and experienced, and even better- changes of hope. Over the last few weeks, all of our lives have changed dramatically. We are all experiencing the death of one way of life and the birth of a new way of living. In many ways, Easter is a reflection of what we are dealing with.
For those who are Christian, Easter is a religious holiday. The death of Jesus is celebrated because many Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins. But what about those who don’t believe? Easter is a chance to catch your breath for just a spell. There’s Good Friday and Easter Monday. Sometimes employers will be closed one or both of those days. I like having a little extra time to recharge my batteries. I love my job for the most part but it can be very draining and demanding.
Most of us are having to watch our church services online. It’s a strange feeling. Yes, we watch our favorite tv programs on our televisions, computer laptops, and cellular phones, along with tablets, watches, etc., but it’s not the same as being in a church with the people that we genuinely care for. The same is true for any establishment that might give a person peace. Human interaction has been something we’ve all taken for granted for a very long time. It’s hard to understand just how much we’ve taken for granted until it’s taken away from us.
One of the surprises that I received was in the responses that the social media has provided for the churches I work with. It’s been overwhelmingly positive. It just goes to prove that the church isn’t just a building. It’s the people who have been touched. It’s an energy that can be infused with positive energy. I might be a little hardheaded but I’m not so out of touch that I can’t understand that people are coming together in ways that no one ever dreamed that they would.
Another way is through the Community Food Pantries that have popped up in various areas. People are constantly stopping to make sure that others have food. When many people see the pantries are depleted, they are quietly going and filling them up. The need is becoming greater by the day but people are working together to make sure that others can at least have something to eat.
I have also heard from family that I haven’t heard from in a very long time. Friends are starting to touch base and make sure that we are all doing well. This is one of the most interesting and scary times in our history. The best part of all of this is to see the human compassion that is overflowing. Yes, there are always exception to the rule, but overall, we as a society are very blessed.
No one wants this virus to continue. We are all doing everything we can to listen to what we’re being told. It doesn’t make it any easier when the media keeps making us feel that things are not getting better. But the best thing about this Easter has been the promise of better things to come.
I had to go to Target the other night to pick up some essential items. For the first time in my lifetime, I was in a line waiting to go into a store that wasn’t packed. The hardest part was recognizing that this was probably going to become the norm. It didn’t take too long to get what I needed but I didn’t lollygag. I got what I needed and got out very quickly. I stayed home the rest of the time.
When I got home, I started binge watching a lot of different Easter movies. It’s one of my favorite things to do this time of year. It allows me to get lost in the movie and not stayed glue to a computer. Believe me, I love computers but sometimes it’s nice to step away and just let my mind be mush for a little while.
As Easter starts to fade, the one thing that isn’t fading for me is the hope of new things to come. I truly hope that our lives can get a sense of normalcy back. I hope that we continue to work together in our communities to keep lifting one another up, and that we can all pitch in to help others during this turbulent era in our history.
During this time, try to take care of yourselves. Get the rest and exercise you need. Start cooking different dishes that you never would have tried otherwise. Start learning new skills or reach out to someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Even though we are all getting through this together, it’s really important to get through this for yourself and use the time to reinvent yourself. Don’t let the depressive state of limitations, limit your ability to see beyond this time. Enjoy the Easter Season by letting the spring open up new possibilities in your life.