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Easter people in the midst of a pandemic

Lent came to us this year in the form of a pandemic. We have been sheltering in place to protect ourselves and others. We have heard the numbers of cases here and around the world. We have seen the empty store shelves. We have seen the long lines at food pantries. We have been living Lent.

As we prepare to celebrate Easter we first remember the Triduum. The Last Supper, the death on the cross and finally the celebration of the resurrection.

Because the Triduum will be celebrated without us coming together in person, perhaps we can celebrate the Last Supper with a creatively made meal with those with whom you live. Celebrate the gathering of the family. Reflect on the journey to the cross and the burdens you have carried during this time of distance from others – did Jesus feel this burden of separation? As Jesus was laid in the tomb, reflect not on the sadness of death but the promise of the resurrection. On Easter morning, rise to see the sun shine and breathe in the spring air – the breath of life.

We did begin Lent in the form of a pandemic. But through it the earth has had time to breathe, to cleanse the air of the carbon dioxide. We have seen the beauty of Christ within people. We have heard the singing from the balconies of Italy, the handclaps of grateful people in New York for their health care frontline workers, the essential workers, the foodservice deliveries. We have seen the beauty of humanity come forth as Christ came forth from the grave. We are an Easter people filled with hope, with love, and with Christ. Celebrate Easter!

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Debbie Dillow

Providence Associate Debbie Dillow is the co-director of the Providence Associate relationship. She is the mother of two grown children and grandmother to four. Debbie holds holds bachelor's and master's degrees in media arts and science from Indiana University and a certificate in applied computer science from Purdue University. She also has a master’s in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She and her husband, Bob, live in Pittsboro, Indiana.

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3 Comments

  1. Mary Tomlinson SP on April 14, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Wonderful, Debbie. Good set of thoughts and actions. Thanks, Mary Tomlinson

  2. Jane Fischer on April 15, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Thank you, Debbie, for this thoughtful reflection!

  3. Dolores Pflumm on April 16, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Debbie thank you for the beautiful reflection. Everything I read from the Woods gladdens my heart. I was coming for my 60th r.reunion but that is put off until next year we are quarantined at our senior residence. They deliver our dinner each day. We are blessed beyond blessed and our hearts filled with gratefulness. Wishing you an Easter season filled with special blessings, Dodie

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