Of course it’s the most appropriate thing in the world that we look forward to the formal celebration of the Resurrection at exactly the same time we are watching the natural world around us spring from dead and dormant to vibrant and alive.
Outside the maroon points of tulips are pushing through the cold, sodden earth within inches of residual snow banks and the pussy willows are making clouds of lace above the thawing murky swamps. The swans circle in daily, checking the state of the lake ice, and the robins are hopping around, drumming for earthworms. Inside, I’m writing “buy the biggest ham you can find” on my grocery list, taking stock of white tights and practicing a new arrangement of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” on the piano. Some of the most wonderful days of the entire year are almost upon us and, to me, the very air is weighty with anticipation.
Considering how I feel about it, I can only imagine how those last few weeks before Easter must have felt to Jesus Himself. In hopes of catching a tiny glimpse of this, I’m planning to do something a little bit special on here this year. Starting on Palm Sunday, I’m going to be posting daily for the week leading up to Easter, highlighting the actual Biblical events that led up to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Some days I may just share Scripture, which we all know speaks for itself and requires no embellishment. Some days I may add a few of my own reflections and thoughts. It will be like an Easter devotional, a countdown to this upcoming highest and holiest of days and a sort of heart-preparation to bring deeper meaning and understanding to the celebration.
I hope you will join me!
“When they gathered together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill Him, and on the third day He will be raised to life.” (Matthew 17:22-23)