Until Further Notice – Take Time to Celebrate

“Lord knows, every day is not a success, every year is not a success. You have to celebrate the good.”

Reese Witherspoon

Today is Easter Sunday. Typically this day would be marked by going to church and gathering with family and friends. It is a day for celebration.

This year, Easter Sunday will be different. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we can’t go to our church buildings, and we must refrain from larger gatherings with family and friends. I think we are all a little confused about what it might look like to celebrate Easter this year.

Our family will be attending one of our church’s on-line services this morning. We decided to dress up as if we were going to our church on Easter morning. We will spend time cooking and eating a delicious Easter meal. And we will more than likely connect with our extended family thanks to the wonderful technology of high-speed internet, video cameras, and Zoom software. We will find news ways to celebrate this year, and I’m guessing it will be an Easter we will long remember.

In the middle of crisis, it’s important to find reasons to celebrate. There is still good going on around us. While the pain and hardship of this current pandemic is real, there is reason to celebrate.

Today, I celebrate a risen Savior. I celebrate time with family. I celebrate God’s beautiful creation. I celebrate the healthcare workers in our communities. I celebrate friendship. I celebrate you.

Until further notice, take time to celebrate!

Prayer: Remind us of Your goodness. Teach us to be thankful and to celebrate. Thank you for Easter.

Ponder & Discuss: What can you celebrate today? (Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.)

They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145:7 (NIV)