We hope you all had a great Easter! This time of year is always a special time in the life of Christians. Spring has come, everything is in bloom reminding us of the new life we have in Christ, and were it not for allergies, it might possibly be the best time of the year!
Last year, on the week before Easter, Bekah and I enjoyed the Holy Week services offered by churches in the Tucker community . For most of my life, Maundy Thursday services have been a standard. I also greatly appreciated the Tenebrae service on Good Friday that we got to attend last year, but this year, instead of going to services, we spent Holy Week cleaning and packing our apartment.
With our lease ending this Thursday, Easter weekend was the only possible time to carry our larger furniture items to their new homes with various family members in North Carolina. So instead of spending Holy Week focusing solely on Jesus’ trip to the grave we were busy packing boxes, and while we did celebrate Jesus’ empty tomb we were also happy to see the empty Penske truck after all had been delivered.
Then, on Easter night, we came back to Atlanta–not to our familiar apartment, but to a mission house. And while we’ll spend this week cleaning and repainting our apartment, preparing it for departure, a new chapter has opened in our lives, a chapter full of new beginnings and new adventures.
So maybe in a way this has been the truest celebration of Easter. As we stand on the threshold of this new adventure we are full of excitement but also uncertainty. I wonder if that is how the disciples felt at seeing the empty tomb and the resurrected Jesus. Their hearts must have been full of joy. That which they had invested their lives in had not been put to death but in fact had defeated death. But their hearts must have also been filled with anxiety. The road ahead was unknown, full of obstacles, difficulties, and hardships. Jesus promised them that. But thanks to the empty tomb, they knew that they were not alone. Jesus was with them for the journey.
May we all remember this as well: that no matter where we go, no matter what chapters end and what new chapters begin, the resurrected Christ is with us always.