We Are Easter People

This past week, I’ve been busy taking down our Easter decorations. Of course, it’s not the huge job dismantling Christmas is, but there’s still plenty to do.

I had plastic eggs placed strategically on bookshelves, a wreath of brightly colored eggs on my door (I see a theme here), and a ring of Easter grass on my dining room table. I love the colors and the joy it all brings, so taking everything down always makes me a little wistful. With everything packed away, the house is back to it’s usual self.

Life has drifted back to normal too. Each day, I open my newspaper and read as I sip my coffee – and what I see isn’t always uplifting.

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There are heart wrenching stories of people’s lives and families torn by poverty. Children going to school depending on free breakfast and lunch programs. The world news isn’t much better. North Korea, Russia, border walls, health care, global warming. Holy Cow. Put me in a time machine, I want my Easter back! I want the joy, the hope, love and peace.

I think that desire is a common theme in our culture. Show me the joy. Give me the victory, because I don’t want to see the hard stuff, and I sure don’t want to live it. But that attitude, my attitude, is not living the identity we own as Easter People.

Easter People live in hope.

They know that life is filled with sorrows, mistakes and misunderstandings, but refuse to pulled down by them. If there is a need, no matter how large or small, they are the first ones to fill it. They don’t despair in tough situations and they don’t let you despair either.

Easter People pray.

Maybe they aren’t perfect, but they know who is. They know that prayer is heard, and that prayer changes things. If you need the support of prayer in your life, ask an Easter person. They never say no.

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Easter People care.

If you’re having a bad day, and even your friends don’t have time to hear you, Easter People always find a way to listen. They know that you are their brother or sister, and want to support and carry you in your challenges. Easter People know your rising time is right around the corner.

It’s very easy to be blinded by the ‘big picture’, and feel like there’s just nothing we can do. But there’s always a way to help, there’s always a place for a willing heart. As Easter People, we work to develop the eye of God, to see the needs and reach out in compassion.

Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a way of living. Our world will always have sorrows and challenges, but that doesn’t mean we have no hope. Our identity as Easter People means we always rise. And the best part is, we don’t do that alone. We carry our brothers and sisters with us.

 

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56 thoughts on “We Are Easter People

  1. “Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a way of living.”
    Amen, Ceil! As Christians, we know we will live in a troubled and troubling world, but we have hope because of what God has done. And prayers are so, so important! Speaking of prayer, will you continue to pray for Danny? Although the initial surgery was successful, the wound has become infected. He will have to undergo surgery to treat the problem sometime this week – no date/time selected yet, and the waiting is hard and worrisome. We really need prayer!
    Thanks and blessings!

    • Hi Martha! Prayer is so important, as it keeps us connected to our gracious, forgiving Lord.

      Absolutely I will pray for you and Danny, you’ve got it! Today is Divine Mercy Sunday in my church, and your needs were covered in powerful prayer in my faith tradition. And I will keep you both in my prayers daily. Please keep me up to date on the surgery and progress too, okay?
      God bless,
      Ceil

      • Thank you so much, Ceil, and how great it is to know that today, in the Catholic tradition, is Divine Mercy Sunday. Although we now attend the United Methodist Church, Danny was brought up Catholic. Can’t wait to share this with him!
        If you shoot me an email at marthaorlando@gmail.com, I will automatically have your address so I can keep you updated, dear friend. Your prayers and love are so appreciated!

        • I will send you an email for sure. Thank you so much! I hope Danny will feel some comfort from knowing it’s such a great feast day. May God bless him with complete healing and peace.

    • Hi Victor! Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them. I’m not surprised we are on the same wavelength, it’s an Easter time of year on earth and in our hearts. (And your message just sung out to me today, as I wrote on your blog.)

      God bless us as we struggle to be the people of joy that God needs in his kingdom,
      Ceil

  2. I love this: “Easter isnโ€™t just one day, itโ€™s a way of living.” It’s so true that the events of Easter impact everything and give us hope, even in the midst of suffering and difficulties. It is easy to despair when we hear the news or see situations around us but Easter reminds us there is always hope.

    • Hi Lesley! We always have hope…that’s so true. No matter what we see here on earth, God can overcome, or help us to cope. But first in line is that we can always do something, even so small, to create hope and joy in our world.

      God bless you today!
      Ceil

  3. Such an inspiring post, Ceil! Even though I have to admit that I do love chocolate, Easter is not about that, it is definitely a way of living! Prayer, hope, love and peace. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Hi Linda! Oh my gosh, I am a total choco-holic my self, no need to be shy about that here. You definitely have a compatriot in me!

      May we both continue living this year as Easter people, loving, hoping and spreading peace. All the while, eating chocolate too ๐Ÿ™‚

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  4. Lovely!!

    My pastor’s wife talked about prayer this morning. It moves things!

    I hope I am an Easter person. ๐Ÿ™‚ I know you are, Ceil.

    God Bless You!

    • Hi Sandi! You are an Easter person to me Sandi. Your Scripture passages and original writing always touches me. Thank you for being one of my favorite Easter People!

      Have a peaceful evening,
      Ceil

  5. Yes, indeed, just because the decorations get boxed and filed away doesn’t mean the meaning of Easter does. May we believers live in the hope of Christ’s resurrection and impart that hope and love to others. Great message. I’m charged up!

    • Hi Mary! I love your prayer at the end of your comment. We are to pass on that hope, and live so others see our joy. I join you in that hope for all of us!

      Have a great Monday,
      Ceil

    • Hi Lynn! It’s very accurate, don’t you think? God wants us to rise with his son, and never be people without hope. It’s a great visual.

      Hope you’re enjoying your travels!
      Ceil

  6. Thank you so much for this encouragement, sweet friend! It is so wonderful to be reminded that the hope of Easter does not last for just one day, but every day of our lives. It is an eternal hope that rises up when it seems all is lost. May God bless you for being such an encouragement to me and so many others!

    • Hi Cheryl! Easter is our eternal hope, you are so right. Without Jesus’ rising, we’d still be people lost on the way. How blessed we are to have such a Savior.

      Thank you for your kind words about the post, and I must say again that we definitely encourage each other. It’s great to be connected through our blogs!
      Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Pam! Thank you for your kind words about the post. We are filled with the hope of salvation in Jesus…we are Easter people!

      But you’re right, it is a blessing and a challenge to live out that hope every day. May I never despair, but always trust in the God who loves me, and all humanity.
      Have a blessed Monday!
      Ceil

    • Hi Bill! Amen! Even when I can’t see the end, or even the way to get there, God has it all planned out. I can rest in his love and design for me. Easter people know that God’s mercy and love always win.

      Have a happy Monday!
      Ceil

  7. Ceil: Living as an Easter person is living a life that is dedicated to living for God. Thank you for the reminders that we are to be available for those who need a listening heart. An Easter person lives in tune with the Holy Spirit. I pray that I am an Easter person. I agree that you are.

    • Hi Cecelia! I like the way you said that Easter people live in tune with the Holy Spirit, that is so true. We aren’t able to do anything good without the power of the Spirit.

      Thank you for saying that I am an Easter person, I think you are too!
      Monday blessings,
      Ceil

  8. “Maybe they arenโ€™t perfect, but they know who is. They know that prayer is heard, and that prayer changes things. If you need the support of prayer in your life, ask an Easter person. They never say no.” Wow. This is profound, and so true. I could not do life without several Easter people in my life, praying for me. Even when I don’t ask, a few of them sense I need it, and look to the Lord on my behalf.

    I aspire to be an Easter Person for those around me.

    • Hi Jeanette! I know you have been that praying person for a lot of people in your church. You are definitely an Easter person! And like you, I’ve had Easter people in my life too, praying me through my troubles, and celebrating my victories too. We are truly blessed.

      Have a peaceful afternoon,
      Ceil

  9. I love this, Ceil. โ€œEaster isnโ€™t just one day, itโ€™s a way of living.โ€ Amen! We so easily lose sight of the hope and joy in it, don’t we? May we keep remembering! Love and hugs!

    • Hi Trudy! I really resonated with the idea of being Easter People. We are people raised from the dead, right with Christ. That is hope and joy all rolled together!

      Thank you for your prayer to remember our status, and I join you in it too.

      Hugs and love right back to you!
      Ceil

  10. Hi Ceil! I’m so sorry to be this late in reading, commenting, and sharing–my life has been a bit busy the last few days. It’s also why there wasn’t a blog post last week; this week is still up in the air. Anyway, yes, we are Easter people–and that should truly impact how we live our lives in this world.

    The world can be frightening and overwhelming when we take our focus off of the Lord. Without Easter, our world would be even more difficult and scary!

    Blessings for this week, to you!

    Kim

    • Hi Kim! Please don’t worry about it, it’s just great to see you!

      You are so right, without the love and sacrifice of Jesus, how would we be saved? We need his Easter grace, and his grace in us to be his Easter people.

      Have a great week! And thank you for the Twitter share too,
      Ceil

  11. Hi Ceil,
    amen to what you have said here. We, as brothers and sisters in Christ do not focus on what the spiritual enemy is doing in this world, we focus on what our Spiritual Saviour is able to do through our praise and prayer. Jesus said:-
    ‘Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.’
    The power in prayer when we believe and endeavour to trust in that Word spoken to us and continue in faith is greater than all that the enemy can do.
    May we continue to spread the gospel of salvation in this dark world.

    • Hi Brenda! And Amen to your comment my sister! God can do so much through us, through our prayer, sacrifice and actions. We have been given the grace to a positive place in the world. That is an awesome thing!

      I know you carry the Gospel with you everywhere you go. I hope I can be like that too.
      Blessings to you,
      Ceil

  12. Praise God that Jesus is risen, alive, well, and actively pursuing us with love and grace and conviction through His Spirit!

    Keeping our eyes on Him helps keep us focused on the big picture, what ultimately matters.

    Meanwhile, I still have my Easter eggs on the mantle. They’re fake. I’m happy!

    • Hi Linda! Having a little Easter reminder in your home is a great idea to keep it fresh in the mind. All my eggs are put away, hmmm. I didn’t think of that. Thank you for that reminder.

      Let’s keep our eyes on the Lord for sure, and his rising in our hearts, souls and families. That’s where our power comes from, our way to make a change in the world!
      Good to see you my friend,
      Ceil

    • Hi Lulu! Welcome back from your blog-break! I hope it was a good and restful time for you.

      Thank you for your kind words about the post, I really appreciate your support. It’s so good to be connected through our blogs…I hope I extend that support back to you!

      Blessings,
      Ceil

  13. You’re right – we should be a light and testimony all through the year. You never know what one small thing He directs us to do that will impact another. Happy Wednesday!

    • Hi Karen! I know I’ve benefitted from people who have done small things for me. Well, small in their eyes, but BIG in mine.

      Thank you for your good wishes! Have a peaceful afternoon,
      Ceil

  14. Easter isn’t just 1 day…so true. He is risen! Everyday, He is alive!

    I’m so thankful for the Easter people in my life and pray I return the blessing to other brothers and sisters in Christ.

  15. I love how our two posts connect with similar themes. Your three points about Easter people are spot on. Easter people live in hope, pray and care. I pray that I can do that everyday as we move farther away from the day itself but never far away from God. Blessings friend!

    • Hi Mary! I know! It’s so fun when that happens ๐Ÿ™‚

      I like your analogy between being away from the day, but not away from God. Thank you for that thought. We carry Easter inside of us, and can bring it to other people any time we choose. I hope I remember that every day.
      Blessings to you!
      Ceil

    • Hi Debby! Yes you are, I know that for certain. And I am blessed to know you through our blogs. May we always bring Easter to the people who are in our lives every day!

      Have a restful night,
      Ceil

  16. Happy Easter to you, Ceil! Wishing you abundant blessings during this holy time.

    Hope. I cannot fathom not having my faith. Faith doesn’t make it easier, but without it, how does one survive these terrible times?

    • Hi Patty! Happy Easter to you and yours! I hope all the tough weather gave you a break now, and you could enjoy the celebration of Christ’s rising.

      I agree with you about faith. It sure helps to know we aren’t in charge, doesn’t it?
      Have a wonderful day,
      Ceil

  17. Happy Easter, Ceil. I still have my spring type decor up. Will switch in May to summer stuff. I love the colors of spring. so much hope and that too helps to live as Easter People. I am sharing an incomplete puzzle picture to the kids for the children sermon this week. This represents how the disciples felt at the resurrection – they saw and got some of the concept but not the whole picture. We live that way too so hold onto the hope that one day the veil will lift and we will see him as he is!

    • Hi Jean! What a beautiful idea! I think the kids will really understand that visual of the puzzle. I know I do!

      I’m in charge of getting some Spring decor, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. It will be a few weeks until I do, so maybe I’ll just skip to summer?

      Thanks for your visit today ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ceil

  18. OH Ceil (Do I start out every comment like that or what?) this is beautiful.

    I absolutely LOVE that. “Easter People.” Yes… we are.

    I’ve never thought of it that way, but you are SO right. This reminds me of the hope I carry in Christ and my call to always always share that hope with the world.

    • Hi Chris! Thank you for your kind words. You can start every comment with “this is beautiful”, I don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope is the hallmark of Easter people. May we never give up on our hope in Jesus, who can bring us peace and love.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!
      Ceil

  19. The hope that we have in our hearts is truly what makes the difference. Life is difficult, yet it always has been, I think back to Adam and Eve, and the heartbreak their hearts must have felt with their son’s quarrel ending in murder. Yes, humanity has always had to deal with evil, but Easter brought in the hope that has changed our world forever. Enjoyed your thoughts about it Ceil! Hope you are having a blessed weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi MM! What a great point about Adam and Eve. We have always had imperfection with us, starting with the apple in the garden. How blessed we are to have Easter in our hearts, and be with a God of hope!

      Thank you for visiting my friend. I hope you have a good weekend too!
      Ceil

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