Do You Miss the Joy of The Easter Celebration?

easter2Easter is a blessing and then it is over and chronic illness can quickly put us back into the dailyness of pain, forgetting the hope of Christ’s resurrection. Diane shares.

“After He had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed His word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:19-20).

Currently my husband and I are trying to plan a short vacation for this summer. Normally we try to go somewhere fairly close by where our adult children can come, so as not to interrupt their job schedules too much. A place where I can still be within driving distance of my doctors if necessary.

While working on it I thought, how interesting the similarity between Easter and vacations. . . . We prepare and anticipate the blessing of Easter. We rejoice and celebrate that day in our risen Savior, but once it’s over we suffer from let down syndrome.

Just like after a vacation–you’ve planned, prepared, you go and enjoy–but when you come home, whoosh! It’s like all of the air going out of a balloon!

So what can we do to counter that deflation, that anticlimax of excitement for our risen Lord? I think the biggest thing is to remember that our Lord is still risen!

He’s alive, loving, forgiving, and working. It tells us in Mark that the disciples went out and “preached everywhere” and “the Lord worked with them.” What an amazing promise! Yes, He has risen and He promises to accompany us every day, everywhere, working with us, so His word is confirmed!

This is how we fight the “Post-Easter let-down syndrome.” By allowing our risen Lord to work with us and through us whenever He grants us that opportunity to share with others the joy He has bestowed on us.

Prayer: Father, we praise You and thank You that You not only died but rose for each of us, defeating death. Help us to continue to rejoice all year; allowing that joy to be reflected in all that we do as we share that truth with those we meet. Amen.

About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as an online chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. It is her hope to bring encouragement to others as she deals with various chronic illnesses and pain; comforting others as God has comforted her.

Do you sometimes feel discouraged that the joy of Easter and the risen Lord seems to fade into just a brief celebration? Does the reality of your chronic illness overpower the joy? How can you keep the joy alive all year long>

This is one of those very stirring illustrated videos by Dong Haeng, and if you’ve not seen them before you are in for a surprise. This one is Walking with God and it beautifully shows the winding path we take beside our Lord. Sometimes close, sometimes we stray. But He never leaves our side. If you are feeling the Easter let-down-syndrome, remember that God hasn’t moved. May it bless you. -Lisa

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