Continuing from my post from yesterday and into this coming week…..Yesterday. I was talking about how Good Friday “felt big” to me this year, and even so, I was holding on for Easter. I’m very thankful for this post–it reassures us that sometimes that’s Life. Good Friday IS big, and Easter feels small. That it was that way even for the first Easter. Sometimes Easter starts out small–but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important, or even, less “exactly on time.”
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A few years ago I audited a class at St. Paul seminary on “Preaching and the Short Story.” There was a story on the syllabus with “Easter” in the title, and I kept thinking I should read that before I wrote my Easter sermon.
So this story title, “Small Easter,” kept rattling around in my brain. I’ve got to read “Small Easter,” I would tell myself. Maybe tonight I’ll have time to read Updike’s “Small Easter,” I would think. Small Easter, Small Easter, Small Easter.
And finally, I sat down to read the story. And it wasn’t “Small Easter” at all. It was “Short Easter.”
The thing is, that year, I felt like I was having a small Easter. And we’re not supposed to have small Easters. Ever. Because Easter is big. Theologically speaking, probably the biggest day of the Christian year. We have an extra worship…
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