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Easter came, we had our Spring break, and is now gone. This is perhaps the reality for many people. We looked forward to Easter and what next? During the 40 days of Lent, through the discipline of prayer and Bible study, we anticipated the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and his victory over sin and death. Many of us attended worship on Easter Day and then somehow everything seems to be back to where it was.

However this is not the way that Easter is supposed to work. Easter isn’t supposed to come and go. Rather, Easter is supposed to shape how we see everything in our lives, at all times, throughout all the seasons.

In his book Surprised by Hope, N T Wright says, that the first Easter morning when Jesus rose from the grave this was the beginning, the beginning of a new kind of life. God proclaimed through his Son, ‘I have won! And not only have I won, but I have won for you, I have won for everyone and everything’. It’s a victory shout. Through this proclamation, God calls his followers to be Easter People, men and women who live lives that reflect God’s power, God’s love and goodness, and God’s hope for restoring the world back to its rightful order. As the prophet Isaiah says ‘The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain.’

Easter, then, is a call to participate with God in his power, in his goodness, in his restoration for all of his creation. This extends into all areas of our lives and the lives of those around us both near and far. Wherever there are issues out of order with what we know God wills for us, issues such as global injustice, poverty, racism and inequality, to name but a few.

Because this is true then Easter isn’t over. You may think that because the Easter eggs are gone, the Easter bunnies have disappeared, Easter cards have been put away and life is back as it was, therefore Easter is done for another year. But God saw Easter morning as the start of a new kind of people, an Easter People who would work with him towards the restoration of the world’s broken places. Even as I am writing this I am reminded that Christian Aid Week commences on 15th May, an opportunity for us to support in some of the Lord’s work. Our effort for Christian Aid will be to hand out envelopes on or about Sunday 15 May to be collected during the week and if you should be out when your collector arrives then you may leave your envelope at the Village Post Office.

So as we read this in May let us not forget that although the Easter season officially ends with the feast of Pentecost on 12th June the Easter message lives on in the way we live our lives, the way we think about God and about others, throughout the year in all its seasons.