Celebrate Easter-Mourn

April 8, 2009

in Everyday Traditions


This week we’re talking about Easter and unique ways to celebrate all that Jesus did for us.


Before we do that, I want to say Congrats to Chrissie at fliplopsandapplesauce (one of my favorite blogs) and Rachael.  They both won their choice of a Bible story cloth.  Congrats.  If you didn’t win, but are still interested, check out my little store.

Now onto celebrating Easter.


In our culture, the word, ‘mourn’ makes all of us quite uncomfortable.  Even in times of real pain and sorrow, it seems almost unhealthy to let go and just sit in sadness for a while.  I know that too much internal processing and sadness can lead to unhealthy isolation and depression.  I’m not suggesting that sort of thing.

Image by Rockthenations

Image by Rockthenations

But, I do think it’s appropriate to take some time to think about the sadness of sin, the horrific pain of Jesus’ death, and the great threat of eternity a part from Jesus.

Jesus certainly mourned.

  • He wept and sweated and poured out his heart in the Garden at the thought of the terrible suffering He was going to endure.
  • He wept over Jerusalem as He anticipated them calling, ‘Crucify Him,’ mocking Him, and despising Him.
  • He called out to His Father in tears and despair as He hung abandoned on the Cross.

And His followers mourned too.

  • Peter wept at the realization of denying His Savior in the most critical hour.
  • Judas despaired of his betrayal of Jesus and mourned to the point of ending his own life.
  • The women wept and grieved their loss of their beautiful and nurturing friend and leader.

Most Easters I want to fast forward through Thursday and Friday and wake up Sunday morning with lilies and tulips and sunshine. But, sunshine is brighter after a long dark night.  And flowers are sweeter after the cold and colorless winter.

Sadness by Enrico Ronquillo

Sadness by Enrico Ronquillo

This Easter, I don’t want to skip forward to Sunday without sitting in the reality of:

  • my own sin
  • Jesus’ incomparable and excruciating death
  • the millions of individuals who are still outside of Christ

Let’s turn off the lights and sit in darkness for a bit. Let’s look at the wounds and scars on our bodies. Let’s hear the crying and pain of the world. Let’s mourn for all that has been lost to sin. Let’s look at Jesus who wore all those sins on his body and fell underneath the pain of it all.

Let’s mourn today.  Joy and celebration will come in the morning.


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1 Amy April 8, 2009 at 9:36 am

Why do you think it is for us as people and Christians we find it so difficult to mourn? Do you think that we are afraid once we start we will not be able to stop? There are beliefs and cultures that only allow special clothes to be worn, loss of fingers as reminders, a certain time of grief, covering of mirrors, never to speak the deceased name again, and other actions and customs to be done during a mourning period-but all of that seems so foreign to me. I hear the crying and pain of the world often. I feel the pangs and wounds of my sin daily. I grapple with the death of Christ and all that it means. It seems to me loss and sadness seems to hit me in the most unexpected times. Daily. And it leads me to wonder if we can ever live the two greatest commandments if we only grieve once a year? How can I truly love Christ if I don’t DAILY mourn his sacrifice? And how can I love my neighbor if I am not saddened over their lack of hope. Am I off base here?

2 chrissie April 8, 2009 at 9:46 am

I am so excited that I won the OT/NT pictures batik. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Also, thank you for your beautiful, bold words about Easter and the gospel. You have a gift for explaining things simply and truthfully. I agree that Sunday morning is so much more glorious if we understand the darkness, sin, and death that preceded it.

Lots and lots of love to you! And a Happy Easter.

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3 Amy April 8, 2009 at 10:52 am

“This Easter, I don’t want to skip forward to Sunday without sitting in the reality of:
my own sin
Jesus’ incomparable and excruciating death
the millions of individuals who are still outside of Christ.”

Amen! :)

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4 Amy April 8, 2009 at 10:54 am

And very well said, Amy! I thank you for that perspective!

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5 laurenb April 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

it is so, so true that the sun is brighter after a deep sadness. this winter season has been filled with more hope than ever for me because there was the promise of “life” [spring] coming. i can sit in sadness and let myself be there because Sunday is coming. [meaning, no matter the depth of sadness i’m facing, i’m learning that Sunday is coming–whether Sunday ever comes on this earth is a different thing, but Sunday, Resurrection, is coming.]

thanks for writing this. i think that we, as believers in the resurrection, fall to the cultural [sub-cultural] myth that since we believe in the resurrection, life should be fine and dandy. but it just isn’t. this world is broken. when we’re faced with that brokenness, we have a choice: are we going to let this affect us and are we going to grieve as those who have hope? or are we going to say “since there is a resurrection, i refuse to let myself feel and i know “all things work together for good…”‘ [oh the platitudes of the sub-culture…]

i think that the former short-circuits the whole process and the glory of the Resurrected One is reduced. The latter, however, shows that in every depth of pain, in every possible extremity of feeling there is a Great High Priest who’s borne these same things and walks through them with us and in that, He gets more glory.

so, we mourn as those who have hope. and we let ourselves feel. [or, for the thinkers] we let ourselves think about the implications of a bruised Son, a punished One, a lamb who bore sin.

may we mourn.

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