28 After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” 8 So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
Some years ago, when I was working at a large corporation, we received an email announcing a company-wide meeting that was to take place the next morning at “…10am easter time”! My co-workers and I got a kick out of this misspelling, especially since it was November, and closer to Christmas than Easter!
Later on when I re-read the email, it struck me that it really was not that far off, as I realized that it really WAS ‘Easter-time’! In fact, as Christians, we are always living in the time of Easter, always walking in the light of the Resurrection, the light that first broke at dawn on that cool morning in the cemetery about 2000 years ago, and still shines on today, even brighter than ever, through each of us! It is the light that fills our lives with hope and our world with God’s grace and love, the light that we are called to carry with us as we live our daily lives, and to share with the world. For it is the light of Easter that can reach into the darkest places and bring compassion to those in need and the promise of new life.
As single parents we can sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with responsibilities, as we have to deal with issues of work, home and raising our children. In the midst of all this busy-ness, it can be easy for us to get distracting and to forget that we are always living Easter-time, as our lives may not always feel bright and hopeful, but filled with stress and frustration!
This is not to imply that being a single parent is all worry and trouble, in fact, most of my life as a single parent has been wonderful, this time included hours playing with toys, hiking in the woods, exploring the neighborhood, taking vacations, teaching her to ride a bike, and later to drive. Even the teenaged years, which can be filled with moments of challenges and conflict have also had moments of closeness and joy…often in the most unlikely of times, like during a ride home from a party that went badly, when she had a bad break-up and I was the only one she could talk to about it, or when I was struggling with a problem and my daughter reached out to help me, like when I broke my elbow and she pitched in to help by taking me to appointments, shop for groceries, and even did some cleaning.
Life as a single parent is not always easy, but it is not always difficult either, though it is usually pretty busy, and stressful, as it can often feel as if all the responsibility of parenting falls upon our shoulders!
However, there is hope, because as Christians we are Easter people, living in the light of the resurrected Christ…together! This is our good news for today: that we are not alone, we do NOT have to face all of the responsibility of single parenting by ourselves, as we share this light with each other, by living our faith out loud, and by reaching out to others for help and support, while offering the same in return.
At Christmas we celebrated when the light of God’s love came into our dark world with the birth of Jesus, and today, at Easter, we are continuing that celebration as that light, born in a simple stable now shines brightly from the open tomb, and fills our world with hope!!!
Let us Pray:
God, thank you that we are always living in Easter-time, for the light of your love that shines in our dark world, promising to make all things new! As Christians, please help us to let that light shine through us in all that we do, filling us with hope and faith, even in the midst of our often busy and stressful lives. Let us remember that walking light of Christ we are never alone, or separated from your grace. Help us to share this hope with all those around us, so that your light can one day banish darkness from the lives of your children…and ours!