Can We Still Celebrate Easter This Year?

Happy Easter Sunday, friends! Today we celebrate that Jesus is alive! Our Easter, as I’m sure yours too, is very different this year.

As I was thinking about our Easter celebration, I was reminded of Christmas and the classic cartoon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

We all know the story, the Grinch hated Christmas, and he thought by taking away the gifts, the food, and all the decorations that he could stop Christmas. But of course, that didn’t happen.

You see, it wasn’t about the food and the presents…..Christmas still came to Whoville.

This Easter, most of us will not be dressing up and heading to church. There will be no new dresses, no little girls in their cute bonnets, or little boys in ties.

While that is fun and we love seeing all the pretty spring outfits, that is not Easter!

Because of COVID-19, we will not be gathering in a church building. That doesn’t mean we will not celebrate Easter. COVID-19 can not stop our celebration of Jesus and what He did for us on the cross.

Easter is not about a church building; Easter is about the ONE who died for our sins, and three days later, He rose from the grave.

Take away all the Easter dresses, and bonnets, take away our ability to gather in the church building…..we will still celebrate because Jesus is alive!

“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” 1 Cor. 15:4

HALLELUIAH! HE IS RISEN AND HE IS OUR LIVING HOPE!

 

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  1. Loved your message. Enjoy following you and all your wisdom and grace.

    You have inspired me to be a better person, and my fashion, makeup and hair style has drastically improved.

    Happy Easter to you and your family

  2. This is so true. We can always celebrate Easter or anyday we want to rejoice with Jesus. The only thing that I truly miss is being with family gathering to be together on Easter Sunday. It wasnt the same doing it by facetime or zoom. I’m very traditional when it comes to holidays and love going into a church then headed to spend time with the kids and grandkids. I did do church on line which hasnt been bad at all b/c I can be in my PJ’s and eat breakfast while I listen. I delivered Easter baskets to front porches and had a dinner for two vs. 15 or more. It sure does make you sit and think about the loved ones we cant be with to hug. This is going to be a huge celebration once we can get back to as close to normal as we can to maybe have a huge cookout and catch up with our family and friends.

  3. Amen! You are so right. We are blessed with churches online and so many ways to praise and share our love of Christ! Thanks for your posts.

  4. PS. Are you seeing your daughter and family during this time? On Easter? You haven’t said much about them so wondering how they are doing?

  5. So very true! I’m sure the enemy was rejoicing today that all the churches were dark and empty, but instead the church was very much alive and praising God. What a beautiful thing in the midst of such darkness! Thanks so much for the reminder!

  6. I so agree with what everyone else is saying. I needed to hear this and be reminded. I was feeling sorry for myself missing all the festivities with the grandkids and family. But I have been able to celebrate Easter today as it should be without the worry of preparing the normal festivities. I realize there are so many others like like my husband and me alone on this day . But we are so thankful for what we truly have in our lives and reminded of what is important. Happy Easter Cyndi and thank you for your inspiration in all things and for keeping it real.

    1. I do get what you are saying Cindy. I miss my kids and grandchild too but the worry factor of getting ready was gone and I could relax and focus on Jesus and I had a good day with my husband. We watched church online.

  7. Amen! Not even Covid can take away our Easter. We watched a great Easter service on TV and a church we know with members singing Because he lives simultaneously. I cried with my daughter as that was one of my moms favorite. We enjoyed our family turkey dinner and then a big walk through our subdivision. I’m so thankful today that I serve a risen savior who is on the throne today and in control of theses days we find ourselves living in🌸

  8. Amen! Although I missed gathering with my fellow believers today, in a way I think it is good for all of us to focus solely on the reason for this day. That Christ bore our sins on the cross but death could not contain Him. Hallelujah! Sometimes we get too wrapped up in our outfit, our dinner, egg decorating and hunts. These are all fun but often take our attention off of Him. Now that we don’t have that, it’s a reminder to me about putting Him first in all things. Watching The Passion of the Christ last night really said it all. Thanks Cyndi for reminding us of the importance of this day. ❤️❤️

  9. I’ve had the same thought about the Grinch. Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Amen. We attended church via Zoom. I wore the dress I had purchased for Easter church service. So did most others from what I could see. It was lovely. My kids took pics of the grandkids dressed in their nice outfits outside in the sun this am. We watched basket openings via FaceTime. We built memories and Easter carries on. Dinner tonight just the 2 of us but I’m making it beautiful & special. A quiet day of reflection on our blessings, the meaning of the day and gratefulness.

  10. Amen! All so true. Death could not hold him… Thank you Jesus! Beautiful message Cindi, thanks so much. Love this. Have a wonderful Easter. 🙂

    1. Thanks Cyndi. It was hard not seeing my kids and new grand baby but we still celebrates His resurrection and had a nice day.

  11. Celebrating today that he is Risen! What hope we have in Him! Love this song. It says it all. We sang this song this morning in our church online. Satan tried to take away Easter today…..it didn’t happen. Praise JESUS. Have a blessed week.

  12. Celebrating today that he is Risen! What hope we have in Him! Love this song. It says it all. We sang this song this morning in our church online. Satan tried to take away Easter today…..it didn’t happen. Praise JESUS. Have a blessed week.

  13. Love this. Thank you for your messages of hope and reminders of what is important. Happy Easter to you and your family

  14. The resurrection is something to be celebrated every day. That’s the whole point ! Without the empty tomb the cross would have been just another martyrs death. We now have that redirection power living in us ! Our names are written in the Lambs book of life -That’s reason to celebrate !!!!!

  15. Thank you for your beautiful Easter message. Jesus Christ is the one who gives us hope through this challenging time.

  16. Absolutely ! We can still celebrate Easter! Same here Cyndi…this is the first time I have not been in church on Easter. But we can’t let this day slip away as just another Covid quarantine day. This is Easter Sunday and that is surely worth celebrating albeit differently this year. I am thankful that our church and many others have allowed us to celebrate virtually with them. Yes, we still celebrate the Risen Christ!!! Our celebrations are much smaller, we miss our loved ones, and we worry about just everything. But let us remember we are people of Hope because Him!

  17. A friend shared this:

    How the Virus Stole Easter
    By Kristi Bothur
    With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

    Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
    Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

    People were sick, hospitals full,
    Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

    As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
    The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

    People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
    They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

    April approached and churches were closed.
    “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

    “There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
    No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

    Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
    The world was focused on masks and on tests.

    “Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
    “Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
    The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

    The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
    The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

    “Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
    “They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

    “They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
    Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
    And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

    “That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
    So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

    And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
    It started down low, then it started to rise.

    But the sound wasn’t depressed.
    Why, this sound was triumphant!
    It couldn’t be so!
    But it grew with abundance!

    The world stared around, popping its eyes.
    Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

    Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
    Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

    It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
    Somehow or other, it came just the same!

    And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
    Stood puzzling and puzzling.
    “Just how can it be?”

    “It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
    It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

    Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
    “Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
    Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

    And what happened then?
    Well….the story’s not done.
    What will YOU do?
    Will you share with that one
    Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
    Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

    The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
    And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

    So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
    As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

    May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
    May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
    May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
    May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
    May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
    But not only that –
    Let it start a revival How the Virus Stole Easter
    By Kristi Bothur
    With a nod to Dr. Seuss 😊

    Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
    Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

    People were sick, hospitals full,
    Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

    As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
    The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

    People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
    They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

    April approached and churches were closed.
    “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

    “There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
    No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

    Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
    The world was focused on masks and on tests.

    “Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
    “Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

    Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
    The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

    The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
    The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

    “Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
    “They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

    “They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
    Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
    And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

    “That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
    So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

    And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
    It started down low, then it started to rise.

    But the sound wasn’t depressed.
    Why, this sound was triumphant!
    It couldn’t be so!
    But it grew with abundance!

    The world stared around, popping its eyes.
    Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

    Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
    Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

    It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
    Somehow or other, it came just the same!

    And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
    Stood puzzling and puzzling.
    “Just how can it be?”

    “It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
    It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

    Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
    “Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
    Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

    And what happened then?
    Well….the story’s not done.
    What will YOU do?
    Will you share with that one
    Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
    Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

    The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
    And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

    So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
    As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

    May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
    May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
    May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
    May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
    May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
    But not only that –
    Let it start a revivalist

  18. Thank you Cindi for your message. I had been so down missing my grand babies and all the festivity of Easter. Your message reminds us of the reason to be thankful!