Less Stress at Easter

So much recognized stress at Christmas, though not a lot of research, it seems. Know of a supportive case study. Wondered about comparative stress levels at Easter. Can’t find research.

Could be that part of the Easter period is expected to be sad, in terms of Stations of The Cross and the Crucifixion. Sadness as destressor. Then when sadness followed by great positives, stresses become less possible.

Found one particular take, by Pastor Rick Warren, who is new to me:

Here’s the fact of life: You will face these three days over and over and over in your lifetime. And when you do, you’ll find yourself asking, as I did, three fundamental questions. Number one, what do I do in my days of pain? Two, how do I get through my days of doubt and confusion? Three, how do I get to the days of joy and victory?

The answer is Easter.

Wondering how similar sentiments may be found, across religions. Go low to go high. Or something.

Maybe it’s just a pleasant Sunday…

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1 Response to Less Stress at Easter

  1. Christians are a very forgetful people. Every year, it’s like they/we don’t recall the story. On Maundy Thursday, it’s a surprise when Judas betrays and Jesus is picked up by the local law. Easter Friday, Jesus is put to death by the Jews, with the complicity of Pontius Pilate. We are shocked and mournful. Easter Sunday – what a joy – Jesus is resurrected. Every year the same story; every year we are to receive it as if we hadn’t heard it before.

    Truthfully, I wish we spent less time recounting the story and more time studying how Jesus wanted us to behave, to help usher in the Kingdom if God. In between his birth and his death, Jesus had a lot to say about how people should live with benevolence, righteousness and fidelity. He was also a good example that perhaps we should make greater effort to emulate.

    Jesus is still dying on the cross, till the end of time, for our sins, and those of people yet unborn. I wish I could live less sinfully and contribute less to his suffering on my behalf. Help me to learn how to help Jesus. Don’t just tell me the story of his sacrifice, over and over.

    Happy Easter! He is risen! Hallelujah!

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