All In For Easter



So, last week, I read this post from Kristen Howerton with great interest. I took in the words and pondered her stance. Honestly? It all makes a great deal of sense. Logically, I am SO on-board with all she is saying. Because, really? Getting all emotional, whether distraught or ecstatic, over a single day just because the calendar tells you to? Well, that just seems bizarre.


But, even though my brain wanted to nod along, my heart ached a bit. I knew it wasn’t like that for me. I knew that, while her words rang smart and bright and accurate in their logical explanation, they didn’t read as authentic and true for my own tender feelings.




Because, when I went, on Holy Thursday, to the Feast of the Last Supper, I was so terribly moved. I shook a bit, sitting there on the altar steps, imagining our Lord serving his disciples, so humbly, so tenderly.


Good Friday


And on Good Friday, when I walked behind a cross along Main St. with Christians of all denominations, singing “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”, I choked, throwing things off for a bit because, honestly, I’m one of the loud singers that other people follow.


Later that day, I attended the Good Friday service at our church. It was somber. It was heavy. It was intense. Our priest couldn’t quite finish the homily without choking up. And I wept.


Honestly, it was a tough two days, emotionally. It was draining. It was heart-breaking. It was powerful and sorrowful and absolutely soul-stirring.


But the thing is…


All that sadness? All that heaviness? All that somber preparation?


Meant that, come Easter morning, the JOY was all the more incredible. It was truly all-encompassing, this wonder and excitement. The thrill and hope of “our triumphant holy day” set my heart alight.


So… yeah. Should we only acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection once a year? No. Should we always be cognizant of the price He so willingly paid to save us? Absolutely.


But am I at all “meh” about Easter?


Nope. I’m all in.


I’m one who needs to feel all the feels. I need to ride that wave of emotion, down into the shallows and up onto the highest crest. I want to weep and bow down and then lift my face in utter celebration.


And, though I may not have a totally logical argument for it?


I’m totally okay with it.


How about you? Are you kind of “meh” about Easter? Or a total “feeler” like me? Somewhere in the middle?

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5 comments to All In For Easter

  • Laraba

    I love being emotional about Easter but I admit life hasn’t cooperated with being very involved in Holy Week lately. But oh, how I loved all those services when I was younger (and had no kids.) This year, we didn’t even go to Easter Services as I wasn’t doing well physically and we didn’t want to deal with the crowds with 8 kids :-).

    Speaking of kids…I’m 32 weeks pregnant on Monday. I keep thinking of C. So thankful I’ve made it this far. I’ve been having lots of contractions and am having to be careful, which is always frustrating to me (this has happened with the last 7 kids, lots of contractions early) but when I think of how much better the baby is off still in the womb, I know I just need to be patient. I never have delivered early, but your story with C. makes me remember, every day, to be thankful for that.

    God bless, Laraba

  • Elizabeth

    Just off the top of my head, I’d say I fall somewhere in the middle. I am a pretty stoic, unemotional person, and I identified with Kristin’s post. I’m also not from a church tradition that observed Lent. I don’t think we NEED a time of year to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us, because yes, of course we should be doing that every day of the year.

    But I do see the benefit of a season to specifically celebrate Jesus’s death and resurrection. I think God built seasons into life for a reason: seasons of the year, for example, to remind us that there is a time to play in the sunshine and a time to cozy down and be a bit more introspective in the chillier weather. Seasons of life to remind us that there is a time to spread the wings of youth and a time to reflect as we mature a bit more. The Israelites also observed holy days, of course, and we have the roots of our Easter celebration in the Israelite Passover. So I don’t think we’re out of line to celebrate Lent and Easter. But I like the reminder that if we’re going crazy about the holiday just out of a desire for emotional drama that ISN’T spiritually rooted, then we should take a step back and evaluate our motives.

    Just my thoughts off the top of my head!

    • Carol B.

      Well said Elizabeth. I think it comes down to each person’s motivation and heart. I was emotional last night at a walk through created by our pastors to look at, contemplate, and meditate on the week before and the day after the Crucifixion, but I typically am not very emotional. I’d say if your emotions are coming from a place of remembrance and just the overwhelming realization of just what He did for you and everyone, and leads you to loving Him more and wanting to be closer to Him, then it’s a good thing. And if that happens, then you’re likely someone that contemplates and appreciates that throughout the year anyway.

  • Mary

    I don’t get emotional over the holiday, but I like to remember the resurrection every day. I look at each day as another day to enjoy, even if not every moment is enjoyable. All the sacrifice in the world means nothing without the resurrection, at least to me.

    It’s a new day, so look at it anew, see the beauty that is unfolding for us to enjoy, accept the sad for it makes us recognize the glad so much easier.

  • Carol B.

    Something my pastor said about Hebrew holy days ties in here. God gave the Israelites commands to celebrate certain holy days. He knows that we, as humans, are fairly forgetful. If you’re not sure if that’s true, just take a peak back at the story of Exodus. God made the Red Sea part (among other mighty and awe inspiring miracles, and just a few years later the Israelites were clamoring to go back to Egypt. ;) So clearly God meant for us to set aside certain days to celebrate, remember, and make special. I don’t think that stopped being true with the arrival of Jesus. I know I need reminders, and often, about what Jesus did for me and how exactly that continues to effect my day-to-day life. I have been known to forget from time to time (let’s be honest here – in the last week) that only through Christ can I find true victory over…well, anything really. Because my flesh wants to do things it’s own way. I bet I don’t need to tell you how that works out for me. ;)

    All that said, it comes down to what the person’s motivation is. If they are doing it for the show, the fireworks, and the emotional high of the drama, then no, it isn’t a good thing and they need to really examine what they are doing and why. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with someone who finds this season both sorrowful in ways and of course bursting with joy in another.

    Feel the feels JL. ;)

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