1.“Go” to Church
“Do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:25
Mandatory quarantine has pushed weekend church gatherings online. God has faithfully gone before us to establish a network of technology to keep us connected, though we remain physically apart. Log on this Easter, and know even though we aren’t all physically together, we still gather in the presence of God. God promises, “for where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” (Matthew 18:20 ESV) Share the link to the service, for many who only attend church on major holidays, might not be as familiar with how to navigate to church online.
2. Read the Resurrection Scripture Passages
“Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’” – John 20:26
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is recorded in all four of the Gospels: Matthew 28:1-20, Mark 16:1-20, Luke 24:1-53, and John 20:1-31. Taking time to read the Word of God aloud, or in private, is powerful. When we meet God in His Word, He is faithful to reveal layers of His truth we may not have been privy to before. “The Bible is meant to deepen our personal relationship with Christ,” explains Tony Reinke for desiringGod.
Click here to read the biblical accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in all four Gospel accounts and other biblical references.
3. Sing Hallelujah!
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” – Psalm 95:1
There are many verses throughout Scripture about singing as a form of worshipping and celebrating our God. Even though our current quarantine status may not have us in the mood to sing praises, it’s good to worship God, even when things are literally in crisis mode. Singing is traditionally part of the Christian Easter celebration. Some denominations withhold the use of Hallelujah during the Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday, emphatically singing it out to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Turn on some worship or Gospel music, and let the anthems of Easter fill the hallways of the house. Sing out! Christ is Risen!
4. Gather Virtually Together with Family/Friends
There is no replacement for the physical, face-to-face connection we crave as human beings created in the image of God. Thankfully, at a time when social distancing is the rule of the day, it cannot separate us from social interaction. Through the multiple outlets of technology available to many in modern society, connecting screen to screen is an outlet for social survival until the COVID-19 quarantine has been lifted. Just hearing another voice, seeing other faces is important. If it’s available, put forth an effort to connect with family and friends face to face in celebration of Easter. Many of us would be gathering together. Finding a way to gather in an online space helps keep our spirits up.
5. Spend Specific Time in Prayer for the Healing/Cure of COVID-19
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14
Prayer and fasting are important facets of our faith. Christ prayed and fasted, and we are to follow His lead. In fact, Jesus Himself assumed His followers did both, actively. Prayer is powerful. God hears the prayers of the righteous. He may not always answer them directly or how we want Him to, but He is the God of miracles. Praying for a miraculous healing and cure of COVID-19 is important. Consider spending specific time, Easter Sunday, to pray for the stop of its spread, the healing of those infected, a cure, and protection for all those who have been exposed to the virus.
6. Make Homemade Treats / Gifts for Baskets
Easter baskets are a tradition in many households, especially of those with younger children. Though we aren’t frequenting stores for non-essential items right now, we can still bless those in our family with thoughtful baskets full of goodies. When we get creative with what we already have on hand, some of the best memories are made. Homemade baked goods and candies can be made if we have the right ingredients, and crafts and homemade cards can bring joy. You can also order some treats online if needed; many places have Easter candy on sale now.
7. Plan an Egg Hunt
Plastic eggs filled with candy litter many homes and yards on Easter morning. The eggs don’t have to go empty because we are quarantined. They can be filled with messages of hope from Scripture, pieces of a puzzle, jokes to bring laughter, stickers to brighten up spaces, or candy you’ve ordered. Consider doing a scavenger hunt, to see who can find the most eggs of each color, or in a certain place, or within a certain amount of time.
8. Prepare a Special Meal
Families and friends traditionally gather on Easter, many bringing different favorite recipes to share. It may be one of the only times each year extended families have the opportunity to reconnect and catch up with each other. With everyone celebrating separately this year, try to re-create one or two of those traditional dishes shared annually. Enjoy listening to what everyone’s favorites are and collecting the traditional recipes. At the very least, we can gather together with the people in our homes to prepare and share a meal. Reach out to those living alone to connect via facetime or video chat and “virtually” share a meal.
9. Prepare the “Sidewalk”
Neighbors may not be allowed within arm’s reach of each other during quarantine and social distancing, but we are walking the neighborhoods. Adorning sidewalks with truth from God’s Word and bright pictures to brighten another’s day spreads the very love Jesus died to give us. We are blessed when we are a blessing. It lifts our spirits to encourage another. Draw the promises and truths of Easter up and down the sidewalk, driveway, or front steps. Trace the shape of a cross, and “He is risen!” Those who can’t leave their homes and those who go on safe walks will appreciate the messages of encouragement.
10. Start a New Tradition
“It hasn’t felt this erie since September 11th,” my husband said to me as the COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and our children’s’ schools were closed. He was right. For our generation, we will never forget that day. It felt like a movie, a dream, much like it does many days now when we wake to pandemic life. We remember how some things were forever changed after September 11th and expect that some aspects of our old “normal” will never return post-pandemic. In the wake of this entire season that will mark so many generations, both now and to come, start a new tradition to foster an appreciation for what we still have.