One of my favorite things about Easter is that it usually coincides with the beginning of spring. This is in stark contrast to the other big Christian day of celebration, Christmas. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ, and his coming; his life. Meanwhile, all around us the fall has given way to winter. Flowers are dead or dormant, there are random piles of decaying
leaves, and there is less silent. In spite of the life Christmas brings, it feels very much like creation itself experiences the exact opposite.
Not so at Easter. Easter is always the Sunday after the first full moon after the start of spring. And though the first day of spring in March often feels cold and dreary, it is not long before we feel, see and experience creation bursting with life. Just as the empty tomb brings the promise of life, flowers, green grass (and I may even mow my lawn before Easter because parts have grown so!), springtime shows off the handiwork of God.
I am reminded of the words of David in Psalm 19:1-2:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
As we prepare this weekend to celebrate the good news that our savior is alive, all around us we are reminded of burgeoning life – lilies in the sanctuary, the noise of birdsong in the morning, trees in bloom and the greening of our lawns. Creation itself is reminding us of the miracle of resurrection life we find only in our risen savior, Jesus Christ.
May the grace of Christ surround you as you celebrate His resurrection in the days ahead!