So I don’t know about you, but I have quite a bit of mop-up to do after our Easter celebrations yesterday. We had such a great time! We ended up with twenty children and sixteen adults, so we spread out in the family room at several tables rather than at one big one. Everyone brought parts of the meal, so of course there was way too much food (which I think is the whole idea anyway). The wind-up toy race was a good way to finish the festivities, and I don’t think I want to see another jelly bean for at least a week.
But two things struck me about it. One is a verse my husband pointed out at the end of 1 Corinthians 15 (the great resurrection chapter): Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. He pointed out that cleaning up stacks of dishes is one of those abounding works, one of those labors that is not in vain. And I’m grateful I have a kitchen abounding with good work for me to do!
But secondly,Â when the disciples heard and really believed that Christ was risen, the celebration didn’t end the next morning. We live in the light of the risen Christ. The good news continues to be good news from one morning to the next. So, even though I’m mopping up from the feasting, the rejoicing extends from one Sunday to the next, all year long.
So many blessings on you all as you abound in the good work of mopping up.