I saw references in social media, in the news and amongst friends as people proclaimed, “The Church is not a building but the people.” The Church has been in action all month. Positive, uplifting posts and prayers like Kirk Cameron and Kathy Sanders.
Another phenomenon was that the Church is calling it Resurrection Day instead of Easter since Easter is actually a reference to the worship of Eoster, the Mother Goddess of Saxon Europe and the Teutonic Dawn Goddess of fertility whose name means Spring and whose sacred animal is the rabbit with the symbol of spring being the egg. How refreshing to hear the Church actually refer to the Resurrection Day, honoring the Resurrection of Jesus the Christ instead of the pagan rituals that have nothing to do with this holy day.
I also heard and read of hundreds of Christians who literally said that this was the best Resurrection Day they had ever had. The meaning and symbolism was driven home further by studying the ancient Jewish meaning of Passover and realizing that Jesus, Who was born into a Jewish home and grew up celebrating all Jewish holy days, was Himself celebrating Passover when He instituted Holy Communion proclaiming that the Passover elements represented His Body and Blood that He would be sacrificing within twenty-four hours as the Passover Lamb. Wow! Mega mind blower!!
Dozens of churches and ministries across the world were performing the Passover Seder as part of their Christian services. Baptist church in Iowa, Pastor Paul Wilbur in Texas, house churches in New York, Redemption Church in Florida, Asher Intrater Messianic church in Israel, The Hub in Fort Worth, Glory of Zion International in Texas and dozens more. Interesting and unconventional Choirs sang on line. One of my favorites was the compilation of churches across Pittsburgh singing “The Blessing.” All of which you can still enjoy with a Face Book or YouTube search.
Kindness abounds as the Church reaches out to her neighbors, taking supplies and groceries to shut-ins, making phone calls to encourage and pray and support one another. The majority are doing great, keeping their spirits up, getting much needed projects accomplished. The few that I called who were frightened appreciated some practical advice and prayers. We will get through this. “Be anxious about nothing, but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God, and the peace of God that passes all understanding will fill your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The Church is alive and well!
■ Loraine Joy is a small business owner and Arbuckle resident. Contact Loraine at firstname.lastname@example.org