My best friend texted me and asked if I wanted to livestream a sunrise service with her for Easter. Three years ago, we woke up at 4 am and drove to Red Rocks in Denver to see the sunrise service in the mountains. The world is different this Easter than we have ever experienced before. And that is okay.Times are unprecedented. There is no handbook for how we should handle the upcoming weeks, and this Easter might be spent making ham-and-cheese sandwiches while Zoom calling your family instead of gathering together after church over Honey Baked Ham. We stay away from each other to celebrate with each other next year. Even apart, we are all in this together.The spirit of Easter, Spring, and the world are tightly bound right now. Easter is the promise that we will make it through. This season has not been an easy one, brimming with uncertainty as we fight for each other in the unknown. We are sheltering in place, with our family, our faith, and ourselves. We can build that shelter on the knowledge and belief in a better and bright future, together.Here are some ideas for celebrating Easter this year:
- You can join the band Imagine Dragons for a Minecraft Egg Hunt! How brilliant is that?!
- New York's Easter Bonnet parade is happening online this year-- and it's so worth it to stream.
- Pope Francis will be livestreaming his service from Rome!
- Or you can watch St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.
- We had to walk up 380 steps to get to the top of Red Rocks to watch the service-- this year, you can tune in from your bed.
- Send in the Clowns is offering personalized video messages from the Easter Bunny!
- Read together. Storytimes aren't just for kids. Read aloud from a devotional or a beloved passage. Enjoy the time you have togehter.
- Do your own sunrise service. Sit outside, enjoy this beautiful world, and take a moment for worship.
- Facetime with your family. You can all dress up or stay in pajamas-- but this is the best time to connect with the people you love, no matter how far away you are.
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"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."– Martin Luther King Jr.