Today is Friday, April 10th, 2020; Karen's Korner #4185

How the Virus Stole Easter

By Kristi Bothus (with a nod to Dr. Seuss)

"Twas late in '19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

"People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

"As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

"People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

"April approached and churches were closed.
'There won't be an Easter,' the world supposed.

"'There won't be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can't go about.'

"Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

"'Easter can't happen this year,' it proclaimed.
'Online and at home, it just won't be the same.'

"Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

"'Pooh pooh to the saints,' the world was grumbling.
'They're finding out now that no Easter is coming.

"'That noise,' said the world, 'will be something to hear.'
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

"And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

"But the sound wasn't depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant
It couldn't be so!
But it grew with abundance!

"The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What is saw was a shocking surprise!

"Every said in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

"It hadn't stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

"And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
'Just how can it be?'

"It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.'

"The the world thought of something it hadn't before
'Maybe Easter,' it thought, 'doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.'

"And what happened then?
Well...the story's not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

"The churches are empty - bu so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

"Sot this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

"May the world see hp when it looks at God's people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus' death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that -
Let is start a revival."