Yep, it's that time again; for some it's pretty new clothes for the ladies, egg hunts, bunnies, chicks and peeps, ham dinners and the semi-annual trip to church.
For Christendom, the day marks a special observance. No, it's not the actual anniversary of Jesus' resurrection, and it's not a biblical holy day, but it is a day of gathering, a unique day of observance for those who are called by His name.
We observe and reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us and His triumphal return, the vanquishing of physical death and His glorious return to the right hand of the Father in heaven.
"O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?" ~ 1 Corinthians 15:55
We are reminded, if need be, that this physical life is temporary, temporal, short term. We are reminded that Jesus waits for us, that He paved the way on that cross to our return to God as well. We are reminded that we who are called by His name are aliens, strangers in a strange land, once destined for a second death but now born again and looking forward to a new life with Him who is our Lord.
Born once, die twice; born twice, die once.
We raise our hands in church and sing "Hallelujah" but i'ts more than that; i'ts the quiet reflection of our position in His family, of His glorious love for us and, through His love, our ability to love one another.
I confess, my church attendance has been poor lately and I am sore in need of renewed fellowship, but it's not about church and i'ts not about pomp and ceremony. It's about the power of concerted, purposeful prayer and the gathering of sincere hearts to praise, to worship, to cry out His name and, in doing, to partake of restoration, of peaceful gathering, of the deafening serenity of His presence among us.
Yes, where ever and whenever we are in mindful communication with Him, there He is, but, oh, what a time when we are joined together in synchronous praise! Hallelujah indeed!
"Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with trumpet sound; Praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with resounding cymbals." ~ Psalm 150