A New Hope for Easter 2020

Easter at the Dee’s house has always been a special day: starting with a community sunrise service, an Easter egg hunt with my kids (when they were young), and a special Easter service at our home church. The rest of the day we would spend watching sports, grilling steaks, and simply just being together.

Easter is the heart of the Christian faith. It is a time for the family of believers to celebrate God’s faithfulness to us, His people. More people attend church on Easter Sunday than any other day of the year.

But this year is different. There won’t be community gatherings. City-wide Easter egg hunts are canceled. The only sports available are reruns of past games. This crazy time of shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders will direct us to evaluate: what makes Easter, “Easter”?

For you & I as believers, Easter is a Holy Day because of our testimonies as Christians.

I went to church for 18 years of my life and never understood the message of the cross. It wasn’t until a teammate in college opened up the Bible and showed me in scripture the power of the resurrection story. And that resurrection power was evidenced in his life- and I wanted it. God transformed my life and continues to transform my life as I walk daily with Him.

What was your first moment as a Christian? When did God come into your life? How have you changed since then?

Easter is a day to reflect on the story that Jesus came to earth from heaven, died for us on a cross so that we could be forgiven, and was raised from the dead so that we could have eternal life with Him. It’s a day to remember and be grateful for what God has given us: new life and hope.

In this time of crisis, I’m hopeful because of how you are responding. The community is united and coming together.

Shelters are coordinating to help people without a place to call home.

Churches are surrounding people in new ways.

Neighbors are checking in on neighbors, stepping up to make sure everyone is taken care of.

Staff is staying faithful and joyful to serve our students experiencing homelessness throughout the crisis.

You, our donors, are calling and checking on us, asking what you can do to help.

People are responding with strength and hope, even during this crazy crisis.

My challenge for you in this season is to be encouraged. There’s plenty of opportunity for anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Listen for the Lord, and He will raise you out of fear.

Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Our God is a faithful God for a thousand generations, He won’t stop being faithful for the first time…. with us.

God is working in the Mission. He is showing up in my family. He is moving personally in my walk with Him. This Easter, don’t miss this movement of God. Reflect on how He’s transformed your life. Worship Him in your home, because He’s worthy regardless of what’s going on around us.

My encouragement to you is to keep being faithful to Him as He is always faithful to us.

Donnie Dee
Donnie Dee