Sunday, April 8th, 2012

How long is Easter?

I watched midnight quietly welcome Easter to Minneapolis.

At the same moment:

It was 8 am in Uganda. Nephew Luke might have been grabbing a bite before gathering with other believers.

It was 6 am in Cameroon. I’m guessing that Steve and Julie, my brother-in-law and sister, would soon be waking and preparing to celebrate.

It was already 1 pm in China. The church bell in Ya’an would have been heard 4 hours earlier. An hour after that, believers in Yibin would have been summoned by their church’s bell.

When my church service begins at 11 am, others–like my cousin Rachel and her family in Hawaii–will just be waking to Easter’s light.

How many hours does Easter last on our globe? My math fails me. And that’s just as well, because the reality of Easter is not a one-day thing–not a 24-hour event.

Easter is our reawakening to the ever-living Jesus. The celebration is our springtime springboard into the whole year of THE LORD IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED.

 

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5 Responses to “How long is Easter?”

  1. I was thinking about those Sichuan bells ringing today as well. Just got home from a wonderful wonderful Easter evening service of musical praise at one of the local churches in Beijing. I kept wishing you were there too.

  2. [...] was pondering this morning the fact that if you followed Easter around the globe from its beginning till its end, it would [...]

  3. Noel,
    So true, each little family, congregation, town, state, country and continent around the world is celebrating. Praise His name – He has risen.
    Blessings to you.

  4. “Easter is our reawakening to the ever-living Jesus. The celebration is our springtime springboard into the whole year of THE LORD IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN INDEED.”
    Praise the Lord!

  5. Love this! With family all over the world i was wondering the same thing and watching facebook posts pop up all over the weekend.

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