This is the question asked by many following Holy Week and Easter services. Like the disciples, many pastors and staff in a variety of denominations and congregations go and hide for a couple of days just to recover. But the question is a valid one; “Where do we go from here?” How can we compare to the great celebration of Easter Sunday? It would seem that all the Sundays that following that greatest of Holy Days would pale in comparison. You would be right.
However we do need to think about what it is that we do next. Actually, the season of Easter on the church calendar lasts for seven weeks. This year we go right into post Memorial Day summer. That means school is out, sports kick in, vacation and summer jobs are the themes for the next three months. How do we plan, how do we compete, and what do we do next?
It reminds me when we took our first child home from the hospital. After all the excitement and joy, we are now responsible for this little human being. Kind of scary and a bit uncertain. But the needs of the child take over and our lives become patterned after the needs of this child, at least for the next 18 years or so. Although you never stop worrying about the well-being of your children, no matter how old they are.
So what does this have do with the post Easter Sunday plan for life? Absolutely everything! To know that our lives are now secure in God’s promises of commitment, compassion, and grace. No longer need we worry about the ultimate outcome of our lives, God has a plan and it was outlined for us in Jesus’ Life, Death, and Resurrection. Easter morning is not the turning point, but the guiding point out into the world. We can live in confidence with a God who does not condemn us, but cherishes us. We can be bold in our loving of others, extravagant in our caring, and not shamed in our forgiving of others and ourselves.
This is the plan for our lives and for the life of the church. This time post Easter is not a let down, but a powering up. Instead of looking back at what was, we can look forward to what is and what will be! Where do we go from here? In the words of Buzz Lightyear - “To infinity and beyond!” Let the adventure begin!