By: Gina Gaudet
It is tempting to say that
Easter is over. The church sees Easter as the culmination of the
Lenten season, so in a way, it is an ending.
Not so! The Easter story takes place in the early morning, just
after dawn. But just as the dawn is not the whole day, Easter
morning is not the whole Easter story.
There are many stories left to tell about Jesus and his
followers after the resurrection. So many, in fact, that we will
be journeying through the Easter story for another seven weeks.
The life of the church is the life of the resurrection people.
It’s the story of hope and resistance. It is the story of how
love shows up, not only in the unexpected places—a feed trough
in a barn-cave, at parties with hookers, taxmen or other
‘unlikely’ types, at community wells in the heat of the day, or
at an execution on a hill outside the city—but right in the
middle of whatever is happening in our little part of the world,
with the people we know or love, or in those parts of the world
we only read about or see on the evening news.
In an anxious, uncertain world, love shows up. In the dozens of
small things you do each day,love can show up. In various
community meetings, with their decisions and disagreements, love
can show up.
On your journeys, whether local, statewide or international,
love is available to show up. During the Easter Season, we will
be exploring how love shows up for us, for our homes and our
world. Or, more precisely, how we bring love to all by our
presence, our actions, our persistence and our highest
Resurrection is not the end of the Jesus story — it is the
beginning of the story of the Easter people! We invite you to
join us on this journey!