I think that this has been the very best Easter-tide that I can remember. (Have I mentioned that Easter is my favorite?) Of course, we had absolutely perfect weather… The kind of day I always see in my head when I think of Easter morning. Sunny with only a wisp of a cloud, a perfect 75 degrees, bright and clear and clean, everything blooming and beautiful. A perfect day to celebrate our risen Lord!
And celebrate we did!!! Easter is a work day for me, and I had to be on the bench, ready to play at 8:30. But I love every minute of it… Playing with the orchestra, all the hymns of Easter, accompanying a packed-out choir, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. I love church on Easter Sunday with all the little girls in their bright Easter dresses and shiny new shoes. Little boys with their hair combed down in their itchy little suits and bow ties. I even saw a few Easter bonnets on display!
I think the best part has to be the contrast that the brightness and glory of Easter creates from the darkness and despair of Good Friday. In my heart, I must mourn the death of Jesus before I can rejoice that He is risen. If I don’t acknowledge the pain and suffering that Jesus walked through to get to the cross, how can I accept the gift of salvation that the resurrection means?
The very first Easter hymn that I ever learned to improvise on was He Arose.
Up from the grave He arose
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes
He arose a victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
Hallelujah Christ arose!
I was about 11 years old and I have a very clear picture in my mind of being at my Mamaw’s house in western Kentucky, playing that song for her on that old upright piano. Even then I loved how the verse would be so slow and dark… Again a contrast to the victory of the chorus.
low in the grave He lay
Jesus my savior
Waiting the coming day
Jesus my Lord
I had the great privilege of hosting my family for Easter on Saturday. All the kids hiding and finding eggs, swinging on the porch swing, playing in the sunshine, adults sitting in the rockers and just spending time together. All the wonderful food everyone prepared and ate. Listening to all the stories, and catching up. Just letting the day wash over me.
Without the dark, there is no light. Without the rain and clouds, there is no spring with its blooming beauty. Without pain, we can’t understand joy. Without Good Friday, there would be no Easter. Without Jesus’ death, there would be no resurrection. I’m so glad He got up from that grave!!!!
I would love to hear YOUR thoughts on Easter. Please post a comment or leave a reply. Thanks!!!