I was reading a Christian mom’s blog (it’s called Momastery and the writer is Glennon Doyle Melton — Lee introduced me to this online community and this writer months ago) and Glennon wrote that nothing says “Jesus is risen” quite like kids grabbing candy-filled eggs from other kids in a frantic egg hunt. Glennon’s son decided to take 100 extra eggs to the egg hunt to give to kids who didn’t find as many Easter eggs as others. THAT says something.
It’s a joy to be given to — and it’s a joy to share.
I held an Easter Egg hunt for my kids and a few other children. To help organize the chaos, we assigned one color to each child and the child looked for and collected only that color egg. My son was looking for yellow eggs (and he opened each one instantly, popping its contents into his mouth. Boy was he surprised when he popped a plastic worm instead of a gummy worm into his mouth!) My daughter was looking for purple eggs (as a “big kid” her eggs were hidden way up high.) One little girl, Madison, was looking for orange eggs. Each child (and parent helper) was looking for 10 eggs. Madison only found seven eggs. Even those of us who hid the eggs couldn’t find any more orange eggs. My daughter took one of her purple eggs and placed it in Madison’s basket. In turn, each of the children took a colored egg and added it to Madison’s basket. Tommy even shared one of his yellow eggs (I didn’t point out that he’d already devoured the candy from inside!) He shared. Step one; he shared. Madison’s orange eggs were surrounded by purple, yellow, pink, blue, and green eggs.
The kids shared. They shared their eggs and candy; they shared JOY.
Easter reminds me that “joy comes in the morning.” Waiting, waiting, waiting; we waited for 40 days to shout our Alleluias. I remember, however, that many individuals and families are still waiting for good news. Some are experiencing grief, new grief or recurring grief. Some are alone and lonely. Some are without: without work, without shelter, without enough food. For those living in such tender places, I claim God’s promise that God is with us. In fact, on the second Sunday of Easter, April 27, we will read in John 20 that Jesus says, “Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit.”
The good news is for all people. God is with us. Christ is risen, he is risen indeed! Receive the Holy Spirit, friends, and peace be with you. Are you still waiting? Joy will come.
May we all share our brightly-colored Easter eggs — I mean, joy — with others. May we be surrounded by peace, and God’s presence, and joy.
For the record, I know my lawnmower will find an orange Easter egg in the coming weeks.