It’s the day after.
The day after the tags have been taken off the new clothes or the old spring clothes pulled from the back of the closet to be worn on Easter morning
The day after the baskets have been picked through and the egg hunts completed
The day after the hallelujahs have been sung
The day after the responsive greeting has been exchanged in worship: “Christ the Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!”
It’s the day after Easter.
Has anything changed? Has anything changed in the way we live? The way we speak to one another? The way we look at the world and the people around us?
Has the new life – resurrection life – of Easter touched us in a way that we are changed?
Has anything changed? YES – Everything!
We now live in the light of the Resurrection – on the other side of the empty tomb. We don’t take trips to the Holy Land to view the sealed tomb of our Savior. We walk into an empty tomb. No old bones to revere. No words craved on a tombstone. Only an empty chamber.
As the hymn declares, “every day to us is Easter with its resurrection song” *. We now live as Easter people.
Frederick Buechner said it well: “Resurrection means that the worst thing is never the last thing.”
It’s the day after . . . and everything has changed.
Christ the Lord is risen! He is risen indeed!
* “Easter People, Raise Your Voices” – Hymn #304, United Methodist Hymnal, Words by William M. James, 1979. Music by Henry T. Smart, 1867.