Easter Is Not In Stores

I am not an outwardly religious man. I’m not demonstrable when it comes to my faith, my beliefs.  I in fact do not attend church.  Haven’t for years.  I have traded the congregation for personal worship.  So, when the churches were forced to close their doors, I didn’t feel the loss of the Sunday commune with God, nor did I believe that because if it, Easter had been cancelled.

I am still a Christian.  I was brought up in the church.  As I grew, I attended Sunday school and was taught the scriptures.  I once could recite from memory all the books of the old and new testament.  I even memorized some prayers.  But, I didn’t cleave to organized religion.  Instead I chose to carry my religion, my beliefs within the temple that was me.  I shared my thoughts only with him. And I chose to try and live by his teachings.

So here we are. Easter.  The resurrection. The rebirth of Christ.  Where once the faithful sat, it is silent.  Each worshiper now cloistered within their own environs. Some questioning, no doubt, why their faith is being tested.   But is it.  Or is it perhaps instead a message, sent to refocus us.  To take away for a moment, the trapping of tradition.  Force us to rethink what this day really represents, each in our own way.

I read a poem this morning that was posted on Coach Muller’s blog “My Good Time Stories”.  In it there was a line that struck me.  It was “Maybe Easter isn’t in a store”.  How profound.  And I thought, maybe it isn’t in a church either.  It is in fact, brought there by us.  It is actually contained within.  We are all churches.  We all allow Him into our sanctuaries, into our hearts.  We worship from within.  We can open our hearts even if we can’t open our churches.  Surround ourselves in self reflection, and embrace the silent message. 

Rejoice, He has risen

Happy Easter.

 

 

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Easter Is Not In Stores

  1. Miriam says:

    Thank you for this post. I was raised a catholic and practiced up until a few years ago. My ‘traditional’ faith has faltered however I still believe in a higher good and, like you, that faith (and Easter) ultimately lives in our heart. Not a church and yeah, not in a store either. For the first time this year I bought no Easter eggs and, as Easter Sunday ends here, I can say it’s been a wonderful day, filled with lots of peace, joy and reflection. Oh, and some dark Lindt! Happy Easter to you. ✨

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  2. quiall says:

    I believe ‘religion’ is secular. ‘Faith’ is celestial. My Faith is strong.

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  3. GP Cox says:

    Perfect sentiment!

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  4. George says:

    Beautifully expressed, Bob. I am slowly coming around to that same way of thinking. I was raised Catholic, went to catholic grammar and high schools, was an altar boy, the whole thing. But what has been happening for so many years in the church has made me question why organized religion is necessary. If I live by the commandments, treat others as I wish to be treated, believe that Christ is my lord and savior, what purpose does organized rules made by other sinners really serve? As you say so beautifully we are all churches. I hope you enjoyed your day as best you could. Stay well.

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