This year, Easter weekend was warm and beautiful, yesterday the temperature reached 80 degrees here in Berkeley and all the spring grasses on the median of Sacramento Street were cut and mowed. It felt like we had solidly passed into the part of Spring where it feels more like warming of the world than the thawing that comes first.
In the church calendar, observing a season of Easter instead of a day means taking some weeks to be freshly curious about post-resurrection Jesus. It’s a time even longer than the 6 weeks of Lent to marvel at the reality of our faith. That somehow Jesus is still with us, with the world, in a way that could only happen because of his death and resurrection.
In Godly Play at Haven during these weeks, we’ll be working with the story “Knowing Jesus in a New Way”. We did one of these stories last year, but this year, we’ll be doing all 7, leading up to Pentecost. Each part of the story is an appearance of Jesus to his followers after his resurrection. We learn in these stories how Jesus was changed, how it was the beginning of something completely different for his followers, then and now.
We talked on Resurrection Sunday in Haven Kids a little about the idea of Easter lasting 7 weeks. Many children wondered if that meant you could have an Easter egg hunt every day! In the same way that the 12 days of Christmas can be an opportunity to luxuriate in the festivities of the season, Eastertide can be that too. Maybe that does mean another Easter egg hunt. Or maybe it just means feeling like you have more time to do the things you wanted to try for Easter Weekend, but didn’t get a chance to do, like:
Arrange flowers in your home
Dye eggs-try a few different creative ways. (Pinterest!)
Have ice cream with sprinkles after dinner
A family date to the movies.
Make a banner for your home to celebrate spring and new life.
Plant flowers and seeds.
Sometimes people celebrate May Day, leaving small bouquets of flowers tied on friends and neighbors’ doorknobs on the first of May. You can do this with Eastertide in mind.
Bring treats or flowers to teachers, caregivers, the local fire station, any little gesture to share the warmth of Spring and the love of Jesus.
The idea is to bring intention to your fun activities, acts of service or leisure time that signals “We are in a season of celebration!” Of course this isn’t necessary, it isn’t a rule, it isn’t anything but a suggestion and quite truly just for fun! Observing the seasons and the liturgical calendar is usually a natural feeling thing-a way of being and doing in response to the stories of the holidays, the weather, the rhythm of the year. Just a way for humans to make meaning with their stories and their world. So, happy Eastertide to you, Haven Faith Community!