Easter of 2020 will long be remembered as one like no other.
My day began with walking along side the Accidental Country Pastor (aka Preacher at Putnam Presbyterian Church) in the Merck Forest in Vermont. A light covering of snow was on the ground and the temperature was slightly below freezing. Then I warmed myself in front of a bonfire set up by Bel Air United Methodist Church on some land in Harford County MD. Then not too many minutes later I continued my Easter Sunrise walk this time with Rev. Laurie Tingley at May’s Chapel UMC in Baltimore County.
Quickly afterward I went to Rome but stayed only long enough to take in the sights of the highly polished marble and other exquisite ornamentation and religious icons which decorate the glorious St. Peter’s Bascilica. Since the Pope was speaking Latin my visit was brief yet, from previous Easter sermons I knew what the Pope spoke about.
By the end of the morning I’d also visited the sermon of the church of my childhood, Maryland Presbyterian, and had gone to the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church in Colorado where because of the time difference I sat with Rev. Tim in the dark with a candle at a rock outcropping in the mountains.
Each person who attended a service with me arrived the same way I did – via digital communications.
Before Easter afternoon was over I’d also gone to Central Park in New York where Samaritans Purse had set up temporary medical facilities and I listened to Rev. Franklin Graham speak.
All of these extraordinary efforts were put into place to bring the story of Easter to people like you and me. Millions of Christians usually gather in houses of worship on Easter morning to hear a message of hope. During these times of pandemic, many are feeling lost or frightened and if one was open to it, what an unique opportunity to go to any house of worship all over the world via the internet to listen to the Easter story and be uplifted.
Yes, it was an Easter to remember and it will land on the pages of many history books and in family stories.
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