Random Thoughts | Suzanne Johnson

Easter 2020
“During our priest’s sermon, a large plant fell over right behind the pulpit, crashing to the ground. Acknowledging his reputation for long-windedness, the priest smiled sheepishly and said, ‘Well, that’s the first time I actually put a plant to sleep.’” Taken from “Sermon Time.”
During the month of March, and now into April, there have been Sundays when regular on-site church services across our country had to move to online services due to COVID-19. Due to this change in not attending a church service in person, I was able to watch services from other churches from the comfort of my own home. I listened to services from larger churches and from smaller churches. I took the time to listen to a message given by a pastor in Rice Lake who attended Frederic High School at the time I did. Even though I don’t attend a church of the same affiliation as Pastor Sue, we are connected because of our shared belief in Jesus, his birth, death and resurrection.
Even if church services on-site are canceled, Easter can’t be canceled. Easter has already happened. Yes, when Jesus Christ died a horrific death on a cross and then rose again from death, it was finished. Because I believe he is the risen Son of God, I have Easter no matter where I am or where I worship.
At Eastertime there are many family traditions. This year, it’s very possible that typical traditions won’t be able to be observed. There are many creative ideas being shared on social media on how to have different types of Easter egg hunts. One idea shared is for children to make large colorful paper eggs and display them in the windows of their home. Families are encouraged to drive through their neighborhood and spot the eggs to get an Easter greeting.
As I won’t be with my children and grandchildren this Easter, I haven’t bought any Easter candy. Perhaps you have been able to purchase some traditional Easter candies that you and your family enjoy. You may even have a bag of jelly beans. I am including a little message about jelly beans that I received several years ago. I wish at the time I received the handwritten message about jelly beans, I would have written the name of the person who gave it to me. The message on the yellowing lined paper is written with beautiful penmanship.
Jellybeans at Easter
Maybe …
Red is for the blood He gave;
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for the sun so bright;
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made;
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hour of sorrow;
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jellybeans –
So colorful and sweet,
Is a “promise of this child’s treat!”
Even though you may not be able to attend a traditional Easter church service this year, where Easter lilies, tulips and other spring flowers adorn the sanctuary, I trust you will still have peace and sunshine in your heart. Happy Easter!
Suzanne can be reached at [email protected]

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