It’s funny, but it’s a fact that many churches find that most seats are filled on Easter Sunday. I believe it is because it is such a hopeful time of rebirth, renewal and replenishment of soul and body. Besides Christ appearing after His death to his disciples, it is a time to remember those we have loved and do love. Our hearts seem more open to forgiveness; of ourselves and others. We are reminded of the gifts we’ve been given, and the indeterminate amount of time in which we have to use them.
It’s a time to let go of old hurts and resentments. It’s a time to think of family, friends and neighbors, and a chance to see the world community in a new light. Just imagine all the space and distance in our own galaxy, and our Earth a tiny speck in it. Beyond our own galaxy lies untold others in the vastness of space. When I think of all that immenseness and all the life that must be present in it, our little Earth is less than a grain of sand. And with that reckoning, we are less than atoms on our grain of sand.
It puts things in perspective for me. I think of those I’ve judged and those to whom I’ve been unkind or dismissive; those I’ve deemed as not worth of my time. I was wrong–we all matter. It’s so easy to judge, especially just looking at another person’s outward appearance. I’ve said this before, but I believe that, if we could see the spirit behind that nondescript body, we would be sent to our knees by its radiant magnificence.
Perhaps from a deity’s point of view, we people just on our Earth alone are little specks of bright light. We must make our planet look like millions of Christmas tree lights from afar! What if we could see that light in each of us and in ourselves? Wouldn’t that give us a new slant on life in general!
A quote from Mother Theresa reads: “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?’”
This Easter I challenge myself (you, too, if you like) to love more, give more, forgive more, be more in gratitude and spread the joy around the best way I can. In the spirit of love and forgiveness, I also today forgive myself.
Happy Easter, everyone.