Today is Easter Sunday, to which this 3-act post is dedicated.
Act 1 – Separation and Grief
A song that made me feel my feelings recently is “Bloody Valentine” by Machine Gun Kelly. It came on the radio when I was driving to pick up my kid from daycare. The narrator is a young man who feels like he is in love with a woman. He grieves that his relationship with her will not last beyond a one-night stand. That might sound juvenile, but loss feels bad no matter how mature you are. While I was listening to the song, I was thinking about how soon I will have to say goodbye to the 2-year-old as a 2-year-old. If you experience love at all, then the grief of loss and death seems to follow.
“I’d give everything up
If I could just have you”
Act 2 – Waiting
Jon Foreman song on resurrection
Act 3 – Easter Sunday
It’s never been easier for the curious to “attend on Easter”. I’ll post the same round-up of institutions I did for a post on church attendance and social trends a while back.
Trinity United Methodist Church in Birmingham, AL
Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, VA
Nativity, a Catholic church in Burke, VA
Curious about Easter consumer spending habits? The Street reports that Americans spend nearly $20 billion on Easter-related things. Some leading items are candy and flowers. As of 2017:
Jelly beans are an Easter staple. More than 16 billion jelly beans are expected to be sold for Easter, according to the National Confectioners Association.