Easter kind of snuck up on me this year. My daughter's birthday was on Good Friday. I've been battling an infection for the past two weeks, and I've been swamped with work. I've burned the candle at both ends, and Easter just appeared as an afterthought.
We didn't dye Easter eggs. We didn't read the resurrection story together. We didn't even put Easter decorations out. My girls were lucky to find things in their Easter basket.
As I stood in church yesterday morning, I realized we had spent almost no time at all focused on this most important of holidays. There had been no teachable moments with my kids. There had been little reflection on the importance of the day. The day was simply here.
And I felt guilty. I felt as if this year I had failed as a follower of Christ and as parent. But as I stood there singing about Jesus' resurrection, I remembered the words of Lamentations 3:22-23: "Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." The King James Version says God's mercies are new every morning.
You see, Jesus' resurrection isn't about a single day -- although it is important that we celebrate that day. His resurrection is about eternity. His resurrection is about bridging the gap between us and God every day. His mercies are new every morning. They are available to us every day -- not just on Easter.
So while the Easter holiday is nice, it's not enough to simply focus on the resurrection once a year. Jesus' resurrection is what makes His death important. He defeated death and made a way for us to draw near to God. And that's something to celebrate year-round, not just one day a year.
If Easter snuck up on you like it did on me, if you missed those teachable moments with your kids, if you got to Easter morning and realized you had missed a multitude of opportunities to focus on the resurrection, remember this: God's mercies are new every morning, and the resurrection means as much today as it did yesterday.