The day of resurrection!
Earth, tell it out abroad;
The passover of gladness,
The passover of God! …
… Let all things seen and unseen,
Their notes of gladness blend:
For Christ the Lord hath risen,
Our joy that hath no end.
(John of Damascus 8th century, translated by John Mason Neale, 1818-66)
New life - this is what we celebrate on this Easter Day, with chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs, blossom and leaves on the trees. New life is all around us and a new way of life is coming; we just have to remain patient for a little while longer.
So as we celebrate the Risen Christ in our churches today, let us take the hope that His resurrection brings into our everyday lives and look to the future with confidence.