How Many Days is Easter?
1? 3? 20? 50? If you answered 50 you are correct! In the church calendar the Easter season is 50 days, which takes us up to the Feast of the Ascension. During Easter we shed the dark purples from Lent, we tuck away the black from Good Friday and we decorate with white or gold. White and gold are symbols of the resurrection and represent our uplifted spirits. It reminds me of the resurrection stained glass window in the back of the sanctuary. Christ is in white cloth and there is an empty tomb in the background. Every Tuesday when I am ministering to our soup kitchen community I imagine the window whispering words of hope to our Tuesday congregation “Hope is still alive, new life is possible.”
Hope IS still alive and new life IS possible. For 50 days we get to remind ourselves this. Whatever you are going through in your life, consider waking up each morning and reminding yourself “Hope is alive, new life is possible.” Where you have lost hope, I pray God’s spirit whisper words of hope to you over the next 50 days. May you experience new life that the Easter season promises.