A Great Day
"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24
Here is a delightful quote from John Steinbeck in "Travels With Charley":
"Some days are born ugly. No one knows what causes this, but on such a day people resist getting out of bed and set their heels against the day. When they are finally forced out by hunger or job, they find the day is just as lousy as they thought it would be. On such a day it is impossible to make a good cup of coffee; shoestrings break; cups leap from the shelf by themselves and shatter on the floor; children, ordinarily honest, tell lies.... This is the day the cat chooses to have kittens and housebroken dogs wet on the parlor rug."
I think great days are observed, experienced, celebrated. They are great, in and of themselves, without regard to the side of the bed from which any of us rise. They are days of great historical and emotional significance. In this country, Independence Day and Thanksgiving Day are certainly two of these. In my opinion, so are Christmas Day, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but, to rephrase something St. Paul once wrote, the greatest of these is Easter!
This is the day that the early Christians called "The Great Day" and the "Day of Days." It is the day new hope dawned in the hearts of humanity, the day evil was conquered. It is the day the Lord made just for us...let us rejoice and be glad in it!
We need to experience the great days as they come, without inserting our own pride, pain or prejudice. We often see people protesting something they don’t like in our country by disrespecting our National Anthem, our flag or our armed forces.
Easter is such an inspiration. I find myself in one sense speechless. I mean really, "What can I say that will enhance the message of Easter?" At the same time, all that I want to say cannot be put on a page or in a sermon. Maybe that's why those early Christians decided to celebrate Easter once a week instead of just once a year. Ultimately, Easter is not just a day, an event or a season. It is a life-transforming belief and attitude.
Humanity's lowest and worst moment pales before God's highest and best. Easter is a great, great day...rejoice and be glad in it!
Awake my heart with gladness!
See what today is done;
Now, after gloom and sadness,
Comes forth the glorious sun.
My Savior there was laid
Where our bed must be made
When to the realms of light
Our Spirit wings its flight.
In our risen Savior,