Champagne in the morning
[Easter] ought to be an eight-day festival, with champagne served after morning prayer or even before, with lots of alleluias and extra hymns and spectacular anthems. Is it any wonder people find it hard to believe in the resurrection of Jesus if we don’t throw our hats in the air?
- Surprised by Hope, p. 256
Champagne served with morning prayers seems fitting.
For me, Easter is by far the most personal holiday of the year. It is the day that separates my faith from all other religions. My Jesus is raised from the dead. To some this sounds bizarre, uber-religious, fanatical. I know it does, and I can’t claim something different than that. It is a strange thing to declare that the purpose of my life is to follow someone who died 2000 years ago and came back from the dead 3 days later. Just writing this makes me feel like I’m drafting some bizarre tale from the crypt.
But I’ve found it to be true…and I’ve been changed by it.
This Easter morning Bethany and I will raise a glass of champagne towards the heavens and declare “He is Risen.” Because He is risen we have hope, peace, love, joy, patience, wholeness…and any other virtue that is found in our lives. If you find anything admirable in us, it is because of Easter.
We hope that this Easter you explore the depths of what God is doing in your life. Whether you know it or not, He is calling you to Himself and asking you to consider the hope that is found in the Easter story. We invite you to raise a glass of champagne with us. You’ll find that it tastes of hope, death, victory, and life all at the same time. And it will nourish your soul.