“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” –John 1:5
CGS Sonflower Board President
This is an Easter unlike any other. We are sheltered in our homes in an uncertain and confusing time, not at all unlike the apostles at the very first Easter. Yet, the darkness of our current situation should never overshadow the truth that Jesus, the Light, has overcome the darkness! Christ has died. Christ IS Risen. Christ WILL come again. This truth should fill us with Easter joy! Jesus promises us an end to suffering and an everlasting joy! This is certainly a time to hope and trust.
As we observe these fifty days of Easter, let us be especially mindful of sharing this Easter hope with those most in need. This light that burns in us from the moment of our Baptism is a light meant to be shared and kept burning. Easter isn’t a one day celebration but a way of life. Can we be a beacon of light in our “little church,” the family? In this togetherness, can we strive to focus on the blessings of our life? Perhaps this is the time to create a blessing jar in the home where everyone can add a joy experienced during the day (or week). Our children especially need to search for joy these days and recognize that our Good Shepherd truly provides “everything we need”. How can we be a beacon of light to our communities and those in need? Certainly prayer is first and foremost, but we can also connect with those who may be lonely or fearful through personal phone calls and notes of encouragement. Children can make cards that can be sent to healthcare workers or shut-ins. Older children can even plan and lead family prayer services where they lift up the needs of those in the community. We may pray as a small domestic church, but we do not pray alone. The prayers of the faithful are united in the love of Christ.
So today, let us commit to being Easter people! Let your light shine brighter than ever for Jesus is victorious over death! He is with us today and always! Alleluia!
–Joni Rundle, Sonflower Region board president