An Easter with Psalms

By Patrick Larose, Intern

For most of my life, Easter has been mostly associated with dyeing eggs purple and green spiraled hues and eating chocolate bunnies until I would get sick. Now that I’m older and far from home, I’m beginning to understand what Easter should have been about from the beginning: family.

For me, Easter was my brother and sister sitting next to me as we dunked our eggs under the pools of dye, how we always traded each other the candies we didn’t like, or the whole family gathering around the dinner table to share in the ham roast and deciding who’d get the pineapple slices. Never should the holiday have been so much about the candy and food as the people who share it with you.

Hand-in-Hand_cvrThese realizations often come to us in life too late and now that I’m away from my family this Easter, I’ve found solace in Elizabeth Head Black’s Hand in Hand: Walking with the Psalms through Loneliness.

“Do you remember,” Black asks, “when you thought the moon could see you when no one else cold, and you wondered whether its light would hold out, just long enough to get you home?” She invites us into her own childhood so that we may remember ours.

We remember back to when our understanding of the world was simpler and when we could believe that the moon would take us home. As we got older, the world became darker and more complicated. The more we understood, the more easily we turned our backs on our childhood imagination and forgot the truths we knew even then: we are never alone.

Even if there’s no living moon watching over you this season, there will always be people and forces in your life to help you.

Whether your Easter is indomitably quiet or a whirlwind rush of activity, it’s easy to slip into modes of alienation and loneliness. Hand in Hand can guide you through it and be there for you like the moon outside a child’s window.

In between the egg hunts and family dinners, I’d recommend taking some time and nourish the soul with Hand in Hand. Meditate with the Psalms this Easter to connect with the holiday beyond the colored eggs and chocolate animals to find some practical applications within the ancient songs to help defend against all of life’s many pitfalls.

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