Easter 50% Off?
I was looking for shoe laces. I know I was under a “Stay-at-home” order, but I was out on an “essential” mission already, and I needed shoe laces to complete some cloth masks I was crafting at home for myself and my family. I know they won’t protect us from the COVID-19 virus, but the experts say it can protect others, when we have to go out in public places, if we would happen to be carriers. I’ve used one the past few days when out, and I’ve noticed something. Even though others try to keep their distance, the workers seem less anxious when I asked for help. (I just couldn’t reach the Bran Flakes, or seem to find the shoe laces.) In this time when there is so little we can do to help, this seems doable.
The store that had the shoelaces reminded me at the register that “All Easter is 50% off.” This struck me because at this time in our history, all of our attention can be focused on this pandemic, if we let it. News channels focus on it 24 hours-a-day. The counts are going up and I know we should keep ourselves informed, but let’s not let this distraction, however formidable it may be, cause us to forget about Easter, of all things. The grandest celebration of the Christian Calendar!
More than ever, we should take each day of Holy Week and offer to our wonderful Savior praise and honor and glory.
Each day, make our accounts clear with Him with repentance and worship.
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.”
Psalm 51:2 (NIV)
“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
1 Chronicles 16:29 (KJV)
Each day, give Him thanks in all things and offer our lives as a living sacrifice.
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:20 (KJV)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Romans 12:1 (KJV)
Each day intercede for others like we never have before.
“I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
Below is a chart of the days of this week leading up to the celebration of our Risen Lord. I have seen, online, families celebrating Palm Sunday with their little ones and it has blessed my heart. Go ahead and plan special activities this week on your own or with your families in the “safe” way, to celebrate each day in a special way.
|Palm Sunday||Celebrates Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem||April 5, 2020|
|Holy Week||The week leading up to Easter||April 5- April 11, 2020|
|Maundy Thursday||Commemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles||April 9, 2020|
|Good Friday||Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary||April 10, 2020|
|Easter Sunday||Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and his victory over sin and death.
|April 12, 2020|
Dear Reader: even though we will miss our church services, hearing the inspiring preaching in person, seeing all the pretty outfits, and singing or listening to the Cantatas, we can and must celebrate our Risen Savior. More than ever before, make the effort to give Easter 100% this year. Ask the Lord to show you how and when and where. Because He has already shown us the reason why.