We are in the season called “Eastertide”, the period of 50 days, spanning from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. It is meant to be celebrated as a single joyful feast, called the "great Lord's Day". N. T. Wright, in “Surprised by Hope” suggests this explanation, “With Easter, God’s new creation is launched upon a surprised world, pointing ahead to the renewal, the redemption, the rebirth of the entire creation.... every act of love, every deed done in Christ and by the Spirit, every work of true creativity — doing justice, making peace, healing families, resisting temptation, seeking and winning true freedom — is an earthly event in a long history of things that implement Jesus’s own resurrection and anticipate the final new creation and act as signposts of hope.”
During Lent, we walk with Jesus to the Cross and Resurrection, during Eastertide, we are called to Practice Resurrection.
Wright says, "... we should be taking steps to celebrate Easter in creative new ways: in art, literature, children's games, poetry, music, dance, festivals, bells, special concerts, anything that comes to mind. this is our greatest festival.... this is our greatest day. We should put the flags out.”
If Lent is a time to give things up, Easter ought to be a time to take things up. From now until Pentecost, we should balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something new and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving. You may be able to do it only for six weeks, just as you may be able to go without things during the six weeks of Lent, but if you really commit to this season, it might give you a jolt of new possibilities, new hopes, new adventures you never dreamed of. It might bring something of Easter into your innermost life.
Fasting (changing) and Feasting, are both celebrations of faith! How should you celebrate?
- Use a special candle at family meals.
- Take a hike in a “forest Cathedral”. Visit a botanical garden.
- Have the first campfire of the season
- Take a half day off work for a quiet retreat.
- Plant a flower garden (or vegetables) as a reminder of Jesus as the vine and you the branches (Jn. 15:5).
- Visit a farm or petting zoo where you might see baby animals.
- Visit a sheep farm or try to meet a real-life shepherd. Ask them what it means to be a good shepherd.
- Watch a movie that always makes you laugh.
- Repair or restore old furniture, appliances, or fixtures in your home (or someone else's
- Paint a room in your house with a fresh new color.
- Pray for your enemies. Forgive someone who wronged you.
- Bake bread and give some away.
- Ride a bike or kayak for a day.
Find a spot outdoors - a park, a hillside, a body of water - some place where you can see the open sky and clouds, to sit for an hour of meditation knowing how much God loves you!