One of my favorite scripture verses is John 20:15, when Jesus finds Mary Magdalene crying at the door of the tomb and says to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" In that moment, Jesus isn't asking a rhetorical question. He wants to know why we worry and sob and fret when hope is underneath everything, if we could just tap into it.
Easter is about liberation, and it's especially meaningful for a person like me who feels chained to moodiness and negativity so much of the time. The celebration of the Resurrection is a chance for us to say, "Yes, Jesus, I believe.” When we do so, we are given an opportunity to grab the hope that is already there. Easter is an annual reminder that we are never alone. Even in the darkest of times, God is with us. Just as Christ walked among men 2,000 years ago, He walks with us still today and reminds us that, as Christians, we are never without hope. We are never abandoned or left to face darkness and despair by ourselves because Jesus is always with us. With that thought in mind, here are nine ways we might live the Resurrection this Easter.