From the Pastor

Easter in a Pandemic

For any local church, not being to gather and celebrate can be disappointing at best.  We look forward to meaningful times in worship, Easter egg hunts for the kids, and other Easter and spring events.

I am saddened when I think that we will not get to participate in all of those events.  I am disappointed that we cannot share Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services with the people of FUMC Eufaula.  But then I have to step back and take another look at it.

We may not be able to share in the events around Holy Week and Easter, but we can celebrate the events themselves.  We can celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, whether we can gather together or not.  And that is the greater reality.

Throughout history and all over the world, people were denied the opportunity to celebrate with their congregations.  Still, it has not stopped them from celebrating the events themselves.  When in prison or under severe persecution people were prevented from coming together and celebrating with wondrous and joyful worship services, but that never stopped them from celebrating the resurrection of Jesus.

It is the resurrection of Jesus that gives Christians their sense of hope, not the worship services.  The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that no matter how dark the night of disappointment, the dawn of hope will break the darkness
because of the resurrection of Jesus.  The resurrection of Jesus makes every good thing about life and opportunity possible.  Paul put it this way:

          But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God
          and does not come from us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
          persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,
          so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.
  (2 Corinthians 4:7–10)

The only way Paul could have such audacious faith was because of the resurrection of Jesus.  My prayer is that we would have that kind of faith.  Whether we get to have Easter Egg hunts or not, whether we get to participate in Holy Week Services or not, whether we can gather in an Easter Celebration or not, may the life of Jesus be made visible in us.

Pastor Alan