Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Frontpage News

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.”

So, in the spirit of Eastertide and one of our favorite Anglican saints, I give you a few quotes on joy by C. S. Lewis:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

“And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies, and itchings that it contains, if rolled into one single experience and put into the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.”

“Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”

Joyfully yours,