It’s been an unforgettable Easter for Christians here in Acadiana and around the world.
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is usually commemorated with large gatherings of family and friends. This year things have been a little different. Social distancing mandates have allowed churches around the country to connect with members in unique ways.
Churches like Destiny of Faith, held virtual Easter Sunday services. Young Adult Pastor Alex Lazard, says although circumstances are different this year, the meaning of the holiday remains the same. Lazard also says it’s important to not let the fear of uncertainty take control of our lives during this unprecedented time.
“COVID is already doing a huge job,” says Lazard. Don’t let fear come in and create more fatalities than COVID has already done.”
Many Americans have spent increased time at home. Pastor Lazard says the current circumstances provide an opportunity to re-evaluate what’s important in life.
“So often we can get so caught up and so stressed about tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, but the time we’re in right now, you don’t even know what that’s going to look like, so it forces you to be present.”
D’audrea Smith is one of the many Americans who attended Easter Sunday church service via the internet.
“It was very different. We would usually go to my mother-in- laws house. We’ll usually do like a crawfish boil,” says Smith. “We are following the rules of social distancing so this Sunday we stayed home, and we attended church online.”
Although adjusting to the current state of the world has presented challenges, many Americans are using this time to prepared for when the economy gets rolling again.
“We definitely want people to look at the bright side allow their faith to give them courage and hope, and not be so down about things they see on their social feeds.”