Like most families, I was looking forward to having all of my children home for Easter. Unfortunately, one of my sons-in-law works in a pharmacy in an area of North Carolina that is considered high risk. Even with that said, my husband is an essential worker, a brewer (we southerners need our beer), and that puts us at risk enough. It will be tough, spending Easter during COVID at home. No gathering at church to worship, no new Easter clothing, or fun egg hunts for the children this year with our beautiful community.
Innovate with Virtual
Instead, we are welcoming a new age of virtual community. Facetime with my children, Zoom calls for meetings, Loom for email videoing…and Social Media to see what everyone else is doing. Even volunteering has taken on a new meaning to those around me. Face masks have made a popular come back outside of the EDM world in over 100 years. People are learning to make their own with unusual supplies. Gas prices have hit a record low for the last ten years but for once we have no place to go. My daughter’s honeymoon was canceled as well as many other fun events. Even more, a handful of business events are innovating ways to appear virtual and keep people moving forward.
Different, but Still Good
Easter Sunday is quiet this year. My children are older now but we have always made it fun. We still dye eggs. And I have always created fun baskets for them; but again, this year is different. We celebrated virtually with online service*, online greetings to one another, and an online family meal. We are thankful for the little things. Thankful that we are still healthy and safe. Most importantly, we are thankful that our family can still connect and celebrate Easter during COVID with one another…even though we are not physically together.
May your Easter be blessed this year as you celebrate the little things in life.
“Want to know the coolest thing about the One who gave up the crown of heaven for a crown of thorns? He did it for you. Just for you!” -Max Lucado
*If you don’t have an online service to attend, I invite you to join me at Grace Church of Southern Pines.