This year’s Easter doesn’t feel like much of a holiday. No wild scatter of children, squealing as they find eggs and treasures. No large church celebrations. Families aren’t planning for large gatherings or traveling to be together. Instead, there’s stillness that rather than feeling peaceful is unsettling. And it’s pervasive. The only “place” where one isn’t likely to hear about the crises created by the coronavirus and its wake, is within oneself.
I imagine that the week before Christ was put to death, he, the apostles, and all who believed felt an overwhelming sense of fear, stress, and anxiety. The spread of the coronavirus has instilled those same emotions many of us like nothing before. While the reasons for the fear then and now have nothing in common, the result of carelessness is the same – someone might get hurt.
Given that this week culminates in the pinnacle of faith for Christians of every denomination, I encourage you, if you feel overwhelmed with fear or stress or sadness, to look within yourself to find light. It’s there. Call to mind any and every joy you can imagine and remember, hold it to your heart, and give thanks. He is with you. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but find eternal life.
We, your family at Cleveland Christian Home, wish you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed, and Joyful Easter. We hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this time of uncertainty. In this difficult time for our community, our nation, and around the world, and we pray that soon, there will be relief for all who are ill and all who suffer, including our kids. May this Easter bring you light and happiness from within.
He is risen!
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