“All the hopes and expectations of Christians are realized in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, making Easter the most celebrative day of the church year” (The Worship Sourcebook, 625). Accordingly, I’m wondering how we can truly make Easter the grand celebration that it is supposed to be. Please don’t misunderstand me–Good Friday is supremely important. As someone reminded me recently: the death of Christ comes before the resurrection of our Lord. Very true! But it seems to me that most Christian churches have worked very hard to remember the death of Christ, as we should, but perhaps haven’t worked quite as hard to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and new life in him. So this is what I would like to focus on this year. After all, Eastertide (the season of Easter), is fifty days long–ten days longer than the season of Lent, at which time we focus on the suffering and death of Jesus. So how can we more fully experience Easter? I may reflect on this question in more detail in a future blog post, but for now let me at least suggest this: When you wake up on Monday, April 9, consciously remind yourself that it is still Easter, and continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, perhaps more quietly, but celebrate nonetheless. And then as you return to your normal routine on Tues., April 10, remind yourself again that it is still Easter, and continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, and then reflect on what it means to have new life in Him, and then try to live out that new life each day. I know this may not seem like much of a suggestion, but at least it’s a start.