Our new youth series is an episodic adventure featuring the Easter Bunny's visit to the UPG! Input and ideas from the comments section will determine the future of Hairy's adventures! Make sure to add your thoughts in the comments. Special thanks to Diane Horoschock for today's illustration!
CHAPTER SEVEN! ROOFTOP ROCK & ROLL!
"Join in the chorus, you desert towns; let the villages rejoice! Let the people sing for joy; shout praises from the mountaintops!"
- Isaiah 42:11
It was a quiet morning a few days after Easter when Ms. Ritchie encountered Hairy on her morning walk.
“What’s the matter, Hairy?” Ms. Ritchie asked, but Hairy just hung his head and shook his floppy bunny ears. Ms. Ritchie doesn’t speak Buneese, so she couldn’t possibly have known what was wrong with the poor rabbit. She decided to bring Hairy home with her, give him some breakfast, and see what her son James could make of the situation.
Fortunately James understood what was wrong right away! “Isn’t it obvious, Mom?” James asked as Hairy munched sadly on a crunchy piece of toast. “He’s an Easter bunny, but Easter is over. It’s only natural for him to be blue.”
Hairy was amazed. He couldn’t believe that James understood how he felt, even though he didn’t speak a word of Buneese!
“You shouldn’t feel blue about that, Hairy!” Ms. Ritchie said. “Haven’t you heard of Eastertide?”
Hairy’s ears perked up. He liked any word that included “Easter”!
“There’s Easter Sunday of course,” James’s mom continued, “But there’s also the Easter season. And that lasts from Easter Day to the Day of Pentecost, way off on the last day of May!”
Hairy couldn’t believe this new information! Why had no one told him before?! Why weren’t people out there shouting Easter praises right now? He hopped around the kitchen so hard that Ms. Ritchie was afraid her fine china would shatter to the floor.
“What do you think he wants now, James?” she asked as Hairy swayed back and forth, bopping his head.
“That’s pretty clear to me,” James said, “it looks like Hairy wants to ROCK OUT!”
And that’s just what they did! Hairy helped James get all his gear and they carried it all the way to the roof of where the Ritchies lived! James plugged in his bright red shredder (which is a super cool word for a guitar) and Hairy strapped on a big electric bass. They tuned up and they were off!
They sang all the greatest Easter hits: Christ is Risen, Alleluia! and A Tisket, A Tasket, I Lost My Easter Basket! and Jesus Is A-Comin’, So You Better Get Your Socks On! and a half dozen more that I’m sure you’d know by heart.
Everyone loves rock-and-roll, but not everyone loves rock-in-roll in the early morning when they’re still enjoying their porridge and funny pages. After a few songs Hairy’s ears pricked up.
“Hey up there!” Someone was calling from below. Hairy and James looked down. It was the local chief of the fire department and several of his firemen! “Want to turn the volume down a little, Mr. Hare?”
“Sorry, chief!” James called down from the roof. “We were just celebrating Easter!”
“Think you might be confused there, son!” the fire chief said. “Easter was almost a week ago!”
“That’s where you’re wrong!” James called down to the chief and his men. “It’s Easter today too! It was Easter yesterday, and it’ll be Easter again tomorrow!”
“Wait,” one of the firemen shouted, “there’s more than one Easter?”
“You know, if you look at it a certain way, every day is Easter!” James shouted as Hairy nodded his head happily.
“But chief!” the fireman said to his boss. “Easter’s my favorite holiday! I think I need to be up there celebrating too!”
Wouldn’t you know they pulled the fire truck right up to where the Ritchie’s live, and raised that long ladder they kept on top, and one by one the firemen climbed up to join the band! The fire chief decided as long as they lowered the volume a little bit they could keep partying, and so Hairy and James and the firemen rocked on through the morning.
One of the firemen sang This Little Light of Mine (I’m Going to Let It Shine Safely and Responsibly), then James sang Rock and Roll and Roll that Rock Away From the Tomb!
When they were almost done Ms. Ritchie climbed to the roof and joined them in singing one last song. It’s one of Ms. Ritchie’s favorite songs, and it’s one of mine too! It comes from the book of Psalms:
Praise God! Praise God in church! Praise God in the sky!
Praise God for all God does! Praise God for being great! Praise God with brass instruments (like Alonzo and the Sisters!)
Praise God with stringed instruments! (like James and Squidy!)
Praise God with dancing and drums! (just like Jonathan does!)
Let everything, everything, EVERYTHING...
And that’s just what they did!
- What's your favorite Easter song?
- Our firemen are working hard to keep us all safe while we're at home. Who else do you know that is helping our community in this time of need?
- Why do you think Isaiah wants us to sing for joy and shout from the rooftops?
POST your answers below (or on our Facebook page!) and we’ll incorporate your thoughts and ideas into the next episodes!