The angel said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.’ + Mark 16:6
At the center of Christian faith is Easter weekend, four days beginning with the sorrows of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and ending with the wonder and joy of the empty tomb. Those sorrows are essential - and they’re not “solved” or eclipsed by the hope of Easter morning. Jesus rises as a wounded savior in a wounded world, and his resurrection is not an end in itself but rather a beautiful, encouraging sign of things to come. The sad songs are still all around us, even as the dawning light of God’s love seeps back into the world.
Summer Fun This Week
• It’s OK to feel sad sometimes! Make some popcorn, grab a box of tissues, and watch a classic movie that covers the gamut of emotions.
• Go on a moonlit walk together: watch for stars and listen for the sounds of the animals who make nighttime their active time. Even in the shadows of life, there are wonders to behold.
• Bake some cookies for someone who might be feeling sad this week.
• Visit the grave of a family member, friend, or pet; or visit a local cemetery and have a walk-and-talk about life and death, loss and love.
• Try memorizing “All Sad Songs” - and see if you can sing it all the way through!
Dinner conversation starters:
° What’s the saddest song you’ve ever heard? Do you like to listen to it? Why or why not?
° What do you feel sad about sometimes, in your life and in the life of the world? What sadness have you noticed in other people?