Good morning to all of you. I hope you slept well and are starting your Easter Thursday off with the Lord. Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! I thought I would share with you a poem I ran across on the Nebraska District Pastors Facebook page. As President Snow commented, it’s a rather “clever and inspiring look at Easter 2020.”
The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Easter
Rev. Pres. Tim Yeadon
New England District LCMS
All the folks on the planet the great and the small
Were struggling to find any meaning at all
To what they were suffering, their loved ones included
They asked if their minds were confused or deluded.
This Easter was unlike all others they’d known
The feasting, the music, had learned a sad tone.
The virus had ruined much more than a day
It crushed all their spirits, their hopes, every way.
And Satan was listening with hoofs in the snow
For sounds of despair that would certainly grow.
“I’ve taken their joy and I’ve taken their peace
The wailing I’ve started will not ever cease.
I’ve shown my true colors, my hatred and more
The people I’ve killed and destroyed by the score.
I’ve taken their health – my death toll is so plain
Why they haven’t got room for the bodies I’ve slain.
I’ve taken their jobs, all the stores are now closed
And I’ll make it worse, far much worse than supposed.
Their churches are closed on this grim Easter Day
(...and just for the record, I like it that way.)
But then there’s a sound that I simply must hear
As men, women, children scream out with a tear
They’ll blame God as always and say, “It was You.”
They’ll say, “It was You” as they usually do.
They’ll lose all their faith and give into their fright
There won’t be an Easter – just dark, gloomy night
And then I will tempt them to speak, as did I
There is no hope left – so just curse God and die.”
He stood there with glee at the dawn of the day
He just couldn’t wait for the things all would say.
He just couldn’t wait for the sound he would hear
“Get on with it, Faithless” he said with a sneer.
But as Easter dawned the first thing that he heard
Was music played softly with soft-spoken word.
And then as he stood mouth agape to the floor
Satan heard words that had crushed him before.
“Jesus Christ is ris’n today. Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross. Alleluia!
Suffered to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love; Alleluia!
Praise Him, all ye heav’nly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!”
Satan stood puzzling til his puzzler was sore.
He stood there quite frightened; he shook to the core.
He hadn’t stopped Easter from coming. It came!
Somehow or other it came just the same.
“They’re singing! Without any Church or a Feast
They’re singing! From greatest right down to the least
They’re singing in living rooms, kitchens, and dens
Despite all my hate – I say, this makes no sense!”
The light of the Lord made him run, kick and fall
The Lord is still living and stands with us all.
He still stands among us He never will leave
He’ll never depart though we wonder and grieve.
The Lord’s in control – the battle He’s won.
He rose up victorious and shines like the sun.
He shines in our heart with His comforting love
He guides us to heaven and things up above
Happy Easter to all -the day is still real
For Jesus is ris’n and let the bells peal
Though darkness surrounds us; for now it seems night
But morning does break in today’s Easter light!
O fill us, Lord, with dauntless love;
Set heart and will on things above
That we conquer through Your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for life’s day
That by our lives we truly say:
“Christ has triumphed! He is living!”
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Pastor Bryan E. Drebes
Pastor Drebes attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, beginning in 1997. He spent the summer of 1999 teaching English to Chinese middle school teachers in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. He served a four-month vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church, Plymouth, Wisconsin, followed by eight months at Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas. Pastor Drebes was ordained into the Office of the Holy Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, Palmyra, Missouri on August 19, 2001, and installed as Associate Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Overland Park, Kansas on September 9, 2001. He served Bethany for 14 years. Pastor Drebes accepted a Divine