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Easter Means — Day 40

Easter Sunday is a day of celebration of the resurrection of Jesus for those of us in the Christian world.

Some quotes I love about Easter include:

This is the Easter message, that awakening is possible, to the goodness of God, the sacredness of human life, the sisterhood and brotherhood of all.  (Anne Lamott)

The joyful news that Jesus is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.  (Henry Knox Sherrill)

The Resurrection of Jesus tells us that there is no victory through domination. There is no such thing as triumph by force. By his life, death and resurrection Jesus stops the cycle of violence and challenges the notion of dominating power. He invites us to relational or spiritual power, where we are not just changed but transformed. And not transformed from the top down but from the bottom up, not from the outside in but from the inside out. (Richard Rohr)

While the historical event of Easter has remained the same, I’ve found that Easter has meant different things to me throughout my life, depending on what I am going through at the time.

When my sixteen year marriage ended in 1995, I found the forgiveness I desperately needed to pick up my life and move forward counting heavily on the forgiveness and grace at Easter.

When my father died in 1998, I discovered the peace and strength in the midst of grief that was greater than my own at Easter.

When I married Mary Bea Sullivan in 2004, I experienced the joy of mutual love that gave me new hope at Easter.

I wonder what it will be this year? 

And what about for you? What do you need most of all this Easter season?  Easter is more than a day, it’s a season in the Christian Church called Eastertide that lasts for fifty days between Easter and Pentecost.  So you have time.

Think about it.

Eastertide is like an ongoing party for new discovery of what the resurrection means to you.

My prayer is for you to experience all that you need during this Easter season. Everyone is invited to the feast.  There is plenty for everyone.  May your cup runneth over.

Peace be with you.  Happy Easter.

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What do you need to experience this Easter and the weeks following?  Please share below.

Thank you for reading The Simplicity Journey for the past 40 days.

4 Responses to “Easter Means — Day 40”

  1. Edna Shurden Langley says:

    Malcolm, in her book, Things Seen and Unseen, Nora Gallagher makes a statement which is especially meaningful to me–“Whether or not I believe in the resurrection makes no difference if I don’t make a different life.” Thank you for this Lenten journey and your writings of encouragement to assist us all in our effort to make our lives different. A blessed Easter to you and yours.

  2. Laura Siriani says:

    Amen! Thank you again Malcolm for the thoughtful journey through Lent. Today, Easter joy.

  3. Malcolm says:

    Laura, you are welcome. Thank you for walking this 40-day Easter journey with me. Peace.

  4. Malcolm says:

    Edna, I love your quote from Nora Gallagher. Isn’t the the truth? Living what we say we believe is the only way we and others can see if this is true.

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