This coming Sunday people all over the world will be celebrating Easter.
As a child, I went to church with my mom and siblings every Sunday so going to church on Easter Sunday was no different from what we would normally have done. What was different was going shopping for a new Easter outfit. That included new patent leather shoes, white socks with lace around the top cuff, a purse (my favorite looked like a little parasol), white gloves (yes, really!), a hat (yep!), a new petticoat (slip) – preferably the kind that had the plastic blow-up ring around the edge so that the slip was full and incredibly bouncy, and, of course, a new dress.
There was an Easter egg hunt in the yard, before church, and any little candies that I found in plastic Easter eggs went right into my new purse, so I could snack on them (in church) when no one was looking. After church, we would share a special lunch with some family friends. While the dads would play guitars, and the moms would talk, the kids played baseball in the field across the street.
It was a special day in so many ways.
As I grew up, Easter became a more meaningful holiday for me. I understood that it commemorated the resurrection of Jesus and what that meant to me personally. Going to church on Easter Sunday became a different experience for me. I wasn’t sneaking candy snacks anymore. Although for a long time, I still liked to have a new dress for Easter, I did give up the hat, gloves, purse, fancy slip, and lace-edged socks. But what I came to love most about Easter services was the music. It was loud and triumphant. It was full of majesty and hope for the future.
This year will be different for many of us. We won’t be gathering and celebrating with friends. We won’t be going to church. And I was sad that I would miss the special Easter music.
But the most incredible thing is taking place in my neighborhood!
At 7:00 am, Sunday morning, vocalists and musicians in my community will be standing in their own yards, singing and playing their instruments. All at the same time. They will be using speakers to blast their praises so that all can hear. What an incredible gift they are giving to so many!
This was the idea of Grace Bubulka, who lives near us. She is encouraging those in other communities to do the same.
Did you ever see the movie or read the story about the Grinch who Stole Christmas? As he looked over the valley where he expected everyone to be unhappy, one person started singing, then another joined in, then another, and another. Soon all were singing and all were happy.
Wouldn’t it be a marvelous thing to have this type of event take place in other neighborhoods as well? Your neighborhood? There are a few days before Easter. If you start now, you could pull this off! I say, go for it!
My sister and I (ages 10 and 5), Easter Sunday.
Thank you to Grace, for her fabulous Easter Celebration idea!