|Dear Christ Church Family,
I have been thinking about how Eastertide is kind of like the proverbial middle child, the one that gets overlooked. Advent builds with anticipation, in the magical wintry months, toward the festivities of Christmas. Lent has a strong identity, with its disciplines, special services, and preparations for the Passion and Resurrection. Ordinary Time (aka Pentecost) is notable for its length. What about Eastertide? According to Paul, the resurrection is so vital that, “if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14).
Of all things, Eastertide is marked by joy, by death-and-sorrow-and-sin-are-vanquished joy. Billy Sunday, a turn of the 20th century evangelist said, “If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”