Content written by Rev. Mike Hunter, CCA
Winston Churchill had planned his funeral, which took place in Saint Paul’s Cathedral. He included many of the great hymns of the church, and used the eloquent Anglican liturgy. At his direction, a bugler, positioned high in the dome of Saint Paul’s, solemnly played, after the benediction, the sound of Taps, the universal signal that says the day is over.
But then came the most dramatic turn: As Churchill instructed, as soon as Taps was finished, another bugler, placed on the other side of the great dome, played the notes of Reveille – It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up. It’s time to get up in the morning. That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end our lives, the last note will not be Taps; it will be Reveille.
The Easter message teaches us death…Taps…is not the end. The resurrection proclaims: It’s time to get up!