Blaine's Bulletin: Easter

Washington, April 10, 2020

This Sunday we will celebrate the holiest day of the year: Easter. While logistics of this special day may be a little bit different this year, the message of Easter and our faith remain more important than ever. The coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation for this country, but the Easter season is a great time for us to pray for the health and safety of America and the world and be thankful for our loved ones.

Coronavirus will require some of our Easter traditions to wait until next year, but blooming lilies, egg hunts in the yard, and a bit of candy are Easter favorites that many of us can still enjoy. Easter also brings a season of reflection and charity, practices that will certainly continue as planned. Most importantly, being at home brings the perfect opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Easter, and be thankful that God sent His only son, Jesus to die for our sins. The Easter season is one of peace, and this year many of us have been given the opportunity to find togetherness at home with our loved ones.

During uncertain times, it is more important than ever to remember those less fortunate or those who just need a helping hand right now. Whether it’s supporting your favorite local restaurant by ordering carryout instead of cooking your family’s favorite Easter dinner, or donating to help feed medical staff who will be working all weekend, there are all sorts of ways we can lift each other up.

Thankfully, with today’s technology many activities can take place virtually if necessary. Holy Week church services are streaming online, and while we may miss the some of the traditional Easter music and seeing friends and neighbors, worshiping at home can make for a special church experience with just our families. The past several weeks likely caused you to focus even more than normal on the health and safety of your loved ones. While we count our blessings for the most important people in our lives, it is a perfect time to reflect on Jesus’s sacrifice and God’s love for them.

While the majority of us are staying home to slow the spread of the virus, many Missourians have been called to work even harder like our doctors and nurses, farmers, grocery store employees and warehouse operators. We could not get through this difficult time without their hard work, sacrifice and selflessness. The Easter season is a time of hope – something we all need at this moment. I have hope that Missouri, the nation, and the rest of the world will get through this health crisis and come out of it more grateful, more compassionate, and more united than ever. In the meantime, let’s remember to pray for those who are in harm’s way and count our blessings. And from my family to yours, I wish you all a safe and happy Easter.