Religion Column

The miracle of Easter is in the details

By Keri Hill | Apr 11, 2017

“Want to snatch a day from the manacles of boredom? Do overgenerous deeds, acts beyond reimbursement. Kindness without compensation. Do a deed for which you cannot be repaid." -Max Lucado

A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when a video caught my eye. It was footage from a half marathon in Philadelphia, and the camera was aimed at the finish line.

The camera recorded a woman, almost to the end, unable to keep going. Her muscles were failing her, and she could barely stand, much less walk or run.

Two men running beside her slowed down to help her, wrapping their arms around her to drag her on. Eventually that turned out to be too much for the woman, and so another runner, so very close to the end of his race, turned around and went back for the woman, picking her up and carrying her over the finish line.

The woman was automatically disqualified because her feet left the race course, and the man lost out on a better finishing time because he backtracked. But those details aren’t the moral of this story.

Three men, seeing a stranger in need, stepped away from their own personal goals of running the marathon to offer a helping hand. We talk a lot about our faith in humanity, but I can tell you that this act isn’t a one-time thing. I hear countless stories of people who step in and help in a time of need. It keeps me going on the days that seem to be hard.

Easter is approaching us this Sunday. The events of the Holy Week show us the perfect example of God sending the world the help we needed. God gave us a gift of unconditional love and grace.

The miracle of Easter to me is found in the little details that we sometimes overlook. That Jesus came into the city on a donkey, much as he did at the time of his birth, into a city that didn’t really understand what was going to happen in a few days.

It’s the act of Jesus cursing the fig tree, a tree that wasn’t bearing fruit, symbolic of us as Christians who grow stagnant in our faith. It’s washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, setting an example of what it means to truly serve another.

And it’s the final act of forgiveness and death on the cross, taking the weight of the world on for those who couldn’t save themselves. God gave us the ultimate example of sacrifice, and all he asks of us now is to be his hands and feet here on earth, and to share his love.

Look around you this week as you prepare your hearts for Easter. Who can you help, how can you serve? Who is God calling you to seek out, to share his love to?