Christine Mitchell, 20

Holy Week had been somber. The sanctuary was stripped of its majesty, and the hearts of our community were mourning. Our new worship experiences had made the reality of the Crucifixion more tangible. I knew Easter was coming, but not yet.

On Saturday night, I held my lighted candle and stifled the bells in my pocket as we listened to the story of Easter morning and then knelt to pray. As we stood and extinguished our candles, I watched the smoke dance in the faint light from the stained glass window. In reverent anticipation, I waited. From the front of the church, the pastor called, “Alleluia! Christ is risen!” and we answered, “The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!” We echoed these words twice more; and in the midst of the final “Alleluia!” the three-days-silent organ pealed out melodies like wedding bells. As light flooded the room, we rang our little golden bells and began to sing.

In my delight, I found myself laughing at the reality of Easter. I saw that my friends too were laughing like children in the overflowing joy of celebrating our resurrected Lord.

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JOURNAL: When have you erupted with laughter because of the joy that Christ brings? What worship experiences have made Christ so real that you responded with unconstrained joy and laughter?

—from devozine (March/April 2019). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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