By Megan Tullos |
As we enter into a new month of stay-at-home orders, it seems like hardly anything that feels normal is left standing. Our classes are online, many of us have left our college towns to return home, and the life we knew before social distancing feels so different from our current reality that it’s hard to believe that this all started about a month ago. While lots of things have changed in these past few weeks, Easter services moving online was something that hit me particularly hard.
Easter is one of the most important holidays to the Christian community, and it’s been difficult for me to think about watching Easter Sunday service from my living room instead of in church surrounded by other worshippers. Walking in the community of the church and praising the Lord with others, especially on a day as significant as Easter, is one of the things I hold most dear. The perceived loss of that community feels heavy and is difficult to walk in. I’ve found myself feeling discouraged and lonely, focusing on the things I’ve lost rather than being grateful for the things that still remain.
Listening to a Palm Sunday service last Sunday, I was reminded of the eternal nature of Jesus Christ from a verse in Hebrews: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Jesus is good always and forever. He is not changed or shaken by a pandemic, and his light shines even in the darkest of times.
This reminds me that Easter is still Easter, and the Church is still a community. Worshipping remotely doesn’t change the meaning of the holiday, and while the in-person community of a Church may have been temporarily removed, Christians still stand together as children of God. Reaching out and worshipping with others, even via Zoom, can connect us on this special day and throughout social distancing.
In this time of uncertainty, it seems more important than ever to celebrate the resurrection and the gift of eternal life given to us through Jesus. I plan on leaning into the message of the good news as much as I can this Easter. While it isn’t easy to adjust to this new normal, as Christians, we can cling to the things that never change and celebrate this Easter: sharing the good news together, even when we’re apart.