As long as I have observed Lent I have followed Mrs.
Worthen’s Rule that the Lenten fast ends after you have attended church on
Friday. ( Although, I admit that there have been Good Fridays when I missed
attending.) I have good friends who say the fast ends Sunday morning, or
Saturday sundown, etc. I follow the Mrs. Worthen’s rule, and thus there is an
oatmeal raisin cookie in my near future.
Also as long as I have observed Lent the events of the day
are dominated by bad news. The song goes, “if it weren’t for bad luck, I would
have no luck at all.” It seems I have
heard so much bad news, I will not
recognize good news even if I hear it. But Easter Day news is “all is well.” I
can say this as one who knows and has experienced days when all was not well.
But like Jesus said to his Father in the end his will, not ours, is done. The
end is always life, Easter day always follows the betrayal of Maundy Thursday
and the suffering of Good Friday. The final day is Life. The final day all is
well. Our lives, through him, are more beautiful and mysterious than we have ever dared to dream. Easter always comes
and all is well.