In Christ's own Holy Week, only the most faithful among his followers refrained from black despair in that time period.
The events of Friday were fresh, vivid and seemed so terribly final.
The promise of Easter morning was incredible -- so incredible, in fact, that few of those who wanted to believe really did.
The Resurrection was the dawn of the Christian faith, and has been its durable cornerstone for 2,000 years.
It was that first Easter, with its promise of life eternal, of the triumph of good over evil, of life over death, that has meant so much to Christians and is the occasion for great outward rejoicing and inner happiness.
Many Christians share the spirit of Easter by going to church and joining a joyous fellowship of worshippers. A sunrise service seems to capture an even greater essence of Easter and leave an even more lasting impression.
All of the ways in which Easter is observed, while joyful, also hold a certain humility and awe. That is done out of humble respect for recognizing the greatest gift of all.
Easter is one day out of the year, but it is a day that expresses the way we should live throughout the year -- not for material pleasures and shallow victories in a fast-paced world, but in preparation for fulfillment of the Easter promise.
There is something deep in the heart of a human that responds to the spirit of Easter -- a longing for renewal; a rebirth.
The Resurrection holds out a hope that overwhelms others.
We wish you a happy Easter, and hope that you will allow yourself to be gathered up in its spirit.