This morning as I was waking up, the words and melody of a hymn we used in worship this Easter Sunday morning were running through my mind. “Easter people, raise your voices, sounds of heaven in earth should ring. Christ has brought us heaven’s choices, heavenly music, let it ring. Alleluia! Alleluia! Easter people, let us sing.!”
Living here in this part of the south where we have a full four seasons throughout the year we are often consumed with a particular season. We just came through an unusually cold winter, one with some crazy weather, a winter which has been talked about not only in our immediate group of friends and acquaintances but even in the national news media. We are all thankful that we have come through that winter and are grateful for the beginning of spring. Soon, summer will be here and we will all be traveling on vacations to the beach or the mountains.
The seasons are very important to us. We also have seasons for the church year, although, regrettably, these seasons go barely noticed and hardly discussed or talked about. This past Sunday we eagerly worshiped our risen Christ, our Savior and Lord Jesus. Sunday marked the first day of the season known as Eastertide. Eastertide began with Easter Sunday and will run to the beginning of Pentecost on June 8 this year. The hymn I quoted above was written by Methodist pastor William M. James. Rev. James was pastor of Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in Harlem where he served for 33 years. In the final stanza of the hymn he writes “Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song. When in trouble move the faster to our God who rights the wrong. Alleluia! Alleluia! See the power of heavenly throngs.”
In these lines we are reminded that Easter is not something we celebrate one Sunday out of the year but on every day in the life of a believer. As we go about soaking in the beauty of the season of spring, as we begin thinking about keeping cool during the heat of summer, I hope that we all will keep in mind also the season of Eastertide. I hope that we would all live our lives each day in celebration of the Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.