You know, we always do the same stuff on Easter weekend – our long-awaited Lads to Leaders national convention. We work towards it all year long. The girls, and the students in our church family, work on their projects and areas of growth. From song leading to Good Samaritan hours, from speeches to Bible reading, from learning to teach to memorizing scripture, the kids have worked long, tiring hours to reach their goals.
This year, though, is different. We will not be spending Easter weekend with 2500 of our closest Christian family and friends. We will be spending it quarantined in our home. I’ll be honest – this has been really hard. A few tears were shed when the cancellation was announced. It is something our whole family, our whole church family, looks forward to. We are heartbroken but we can use it to focus us.
The work the kids have put it will not go to waste. When COVID-19 has passed and we can get back to “normal”, we will plan a day for them to share their work and their projects. The awards that were already decided on will be sent to the church building and they will get them. They will perform the puppet theater plays they wrote and worked on. They will do the debate that was struggled with and prepared; it was a tough one this year! They will share the articles and the speeches they authored. They will get a chance to lead songs – girls in a girls gathering, boys for the whole group. We will find a way to honor their hard work. And they will start working towards next year’s theme and convention.
But we are throwing a couple more things on the weekend that are different. My oldest girl is turning 16 over Easter weekend and she was looking forward to celebrating it with all of her friends at the convention. Now, not only does she not get to celebrate at L2L, she doesn’t get to have friends around at all. I am thinking we might could get a video chat going at some point in the weekend to sing to her. But, it just isn’t the same. And that is really hard. She had asked to eat at a particular restaurant up in the DFW area where the convention is held and to go shopping for a particular birthday present in a particular store. Not happening now.
But, we will move forward. I am going to get the Egglo eggs out from a few years ago. I am going to ask my husband to pick up something special for them when he is out for work. The girls and I haven’t left the house since March 14 but he has to get out for work. So, perhaps he can get something special for them for Easter. We’ll make a cake for the birthday girl and have what she requests for her food for the day if we can get it.
The most important thing, though, is something lots of the world only seems to recognize on Easter – the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
We, however, celebrate every Sunday; not just on Easter. We are told in the New Testament to remember Christ until he comes again. Jesus himself instituted the observance of communion. (Matthew 26, I Corinthians 11) We do this weekly to celebrate our risen Savior, who broke the bonds of sin and death, setting us free. We will celebrate this risen Savior on Easter Sunday, though it will be in our home with our family of believers, unless something changes drastically between now and then.
So, while Easter will look very different this year, and we will struggle with not being able to do things the way we had hoped to, we know that God holds each day in His hands and that He is always watching over His people. Daily, we will celebrate His remembering us as we strive to be more like Him each day. And every Sunday, we will gather wherever we can with like minded people – through Facebook Live, Zoom, or in our home – and celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and death, and granting freedom to those who live in Him.
What a reason to celebrate!
Lori, At Home.