Those who love your name may exalt in you.  Psalm 5:11.  

And the disciples were filled with the joy and the Holy Spirit.  Acts 13:52    

All of us at some times in our lives are care-worn people. Actually, worn out by cares.  Days are long and heavy, spirits are low, strength ebbs from us.  But what if that low time invades our Easter season, a time when we should be filled with joy and exaltation, not gloom and hopelessness.  

Joyce Rupp, in her book, Fresh Bread, writes about what to do if you are not feeling. the joy of Easter.  First of all, she says that Easter is not just a feeling moment but a faith moment.  No matter how you feel at any given moment, you know deep down that your faith is real, Jesus did rise from the dead and waits for you from his throne. Consoling thought for your lonely and discouraged soul.

Second of all, this author writes about “little Easters.”  Moments in your everyday life when you feel your spirit lift a little because of a word or a situation.  A time when God is calling you to live again and feel his love in you. Little Easters in my life are a fresh bunch of tulips, my first cup of coffee in the morning, watching my granddaughter with her new puppy.  All of them speak to me of new life.  

COVID vaccinations brought me a feeling of freedom and a new beginning.  Spring is here and “the grass is riz.”  The colors from His paintbox are awesome, especially in the spring.  We can depend on the ordering of God’s world and ours.  

Faithful and loving God, help us to experience the joy and exaltation of Easter.  Thank you for all the little Easters in our lives.  Enable me to bring one to someone else’s life.  In Jesus name, Amen  

Joan Perlich