Writer, editor, stumbler after Jesus

Looking through the Easter window

IMG_3748WHEN I WAS a boy in England, one of the most popular children’s television programs was Play School.

Each episode featured a short documentary that kids were invited to watch through one of three different-shaped windows in the studio. The camera would zoom in on either the round, square, or arched window, taking viewers out into the world beyond to learn something new.

I was reminded of that this week as I sat in church one morning. My church’s liturgical leanings mean that we like to savor seasons rather than just single days, so we’re still in full-bore Easter mode. As a result, our windows continue to be adorned with colorful sun-catcher designs featuring the cross and a burst of bright colors.

As I sat and prayed with some friends, I glanced over at one of the windows. The sunlight splashed through the image. I looked out into the street through the vibrant colors of the resurrection scene, seeing everything beyond in its prism. And I thought, I need to view things this way every day.

Because Easter changed everything. Sin canceled. Death defeated. Hope restored. Not just for a day, but for always and forever. That’s not to say that everything is okay right now, necessarily. We still live in a fallen, broken world, where God’s promises of restoration are not yet all fulfilled. We find ourselves in the in-between.

But we can live with expectation. It all depends on our perspective. As Dale Carnegie wrote in How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, “Two men looked out from prison bars, One saw the mud, the other saw stars.”

When I look out at the world each morning, I want to do so through the Easter window.

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