March 29, 2018
I love that Easter and April Fools’ Day are the same day this year. For me, it has extra special significance because April 1st is also my birthday. I was wondering why I couldn’t ever remember my birthday being on Easter, so I looked up the last time these dates coincided.
I learned that it’s been 62 years since Easter fell on April 1st! The last time it happened was in 1956, before I was born! No wonder I can’t remember it. J
To me, it makes perfect sense that Easter would be celebrated on April Fools’ Day! They are both about unexpected surprises, about how appearances can be deceiving.
David Steindl-Rast says his favorite name for “God” is Surprise. He says, “…every surprise is a challenge to trust in life and so to grow. Surprise is a seed. Gratefulness sprouts when we rise to the challenge of surprise. The great ones in the realm of Spirit are so intensely alive because they are so deeply grateful.”
Easter is all about letting go and making room for more to be revealed – letting go of despairing predictions and making room for unexpected happenings.
We live in cycles and seasons. Easter is the part where we learn to fly. As Nelle Morton says in a novel by Susan Wittig, “You are destined to fly, but that cocoon has got to go!”
With love from one blessed fool to another!
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.