Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Easter hope April 2, 2021

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A sculpture inside St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Buckman, MN. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo September 2020.

AS HOLY WEEK MOVES ever closer to Easter Sunday, I find myself focusing on hope. It’s such a positive word. One that I’ve held close to my heart through some really difficult challenges in life.

This past pandemic year has challenged all of us. Stretched our endurance, our patience, our ability to cope. To live life in a way that would keep us, and those we love, safe. I’ve felt frustrated about lax attitudes and behaviors regarding COVID-19. But through all of this, I’ve tried to balance that with hope.

Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo May 2020.

Hope seems synonymous with spring in Minnesota. Nature reveals hope in spring bulbs popping, in trees budding, in dormant grass greening and much more.

After a season of cold and darkness, hope breaks forth in longer days. More warmth. More sunshine. More light.

And now, in this too long season of COVID, hope for an end to this pandemic.

A photo of Christ’s face from a stained glass window in my church, Trinity Lutheran, Faribault. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo 2012.

As a woman of faith, I also view this time of year through the lens of eternal hope. I see the face of Jesus. Determined. Caring. Suffering. Dying. And then living, breathing. Alive. Darkness replaced by light on Easter morning. The light of eternal life.

This Easter Sunday, just like last, I’ll miss celebrating Easter in person with my faith family. I’ll miss the feeling that comes with worshiping inside a church with other Christians. I’ll miss the scent of lilies and the reverberation of the organ. I’ll miss the blessings of being among friends, of joyful Easter greetings.

Yet, I can still view the Easter service online or listen on the radio. I can experience worship indirectly. I can praise God and pray and let the joyful music of Easter fill my ears. And my mind. Hope remains. I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives!

Inspirational and honoring words are embedded in the mosaic tile on a memorial for Barb Larson (murdered in an act of domestic violence) in Faribault. Minnesota Prairie Roots file photo.

TO YOU, MY DEAR READERS, I wish you a most blessed, joyful and hope-filled Easter!

© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Quoted lyrics are from the hymn, I Know that My Redeemer Lives.


18 Responses to “Easter hope”

  1. Susan Ready Says:

    Wishing you the blessings of the season with hopes renewed moving forward in 2021.

  2. Happy Easter, Audrey, much love. ❤

  3. Sandra Says:

    Of all the many pictures of Christ, that window conveys it all. Holy Week art is special in all media. I always felt this weekend should be more reflective as we rushed through it, but wouldn’t have given up the activity level anything. I have links to at least 7 churches, added a few to my usual list. All amazing, just amazing the thought and effort last night. Dad died Mar. 13th, his 55th birthday was Apr. 14th. I was 13. At least was an early spring, like this year, it does give hope. I’m glad you can focus on that too. I will miss sunrise service trumpets. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  4. Judy Says:

    Have a blessed Easter Audrey.

  5. BERNADETTE Thomasy Says:

    Easter blessings and sunshine to you and your family.

  6. valeriebollinger Says:

    Happy Easter Audrey! He is Risen!

  7. Becky Richie Says:

    HAPPY EASTER, and thank you for always making my day better!

  8. Kiandra Judge Says:

    Christ has risen! He has risen indeed!

  9. Happy Belated Easter! Christ has risen!

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