I woke up with my brain ‘singing’ a song from the musical “Mame” this morning. I have no idea how it got there, but there it was.
Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
For we need a little Christmas, Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet… (what’s a spinet, you might ask…) Yes, we need a little Christmas now!
Why this song, of all songs, to go off in my head this morning, I have no clue. But it has stayed with me all day – with ONE little twist. Replace the word Christmas with EASTER – and that is the song in my heart. We need a little EASTER now…
For I’ve grown a little leaner,
Grown a little colder,
Grown a little sadder,
Grown a little older,
It is easy to buy into the depressing news brought to us each day. It is easy to forget that the final chapter of the book of life has been written – and in that book, God’s answer is YES. God’s answer to the pain and sorrow and suffering is to redeem it from within. That is why Jesus suffered and died for us – to redeem ALL of our human experiences – including death.
Well, once I taught you all to live each living day.
That is the improbable, astounding and amazing news of the empty tomb – God has taught us how to live each resurrected day – trusting in his promise, joyfilled in his love, courageous in his victory over death for us all. And the power that raised Jesus from the dead is the power that is ours to live into all of our living days. We too are called to live God’s triumph over sin and death in our lives and experiences. For every moment of our lives is touched by grace.
You know, once you get used to it, it is not a bad ‘hymn’ to guide us through this Easter season.
For we need a little music, Need a little laughter, Need a little singing, Ringing through the rafter. And we need a little snappy “Happy ever after,”
We need a little Easter now.