When Chris asked me to write a few words about Easter I thought, oh gosh, why me??! Then I thought about it and I said to myself “what an Honor!” I should be happy and excited about sharing what Easter means to me.
Does Easter mean Chocolates? No.
Does Easter mean presents? No.
Does Easter mean bunnies? No.
Easter is a time to remember the huge sacrifice Jesus made in order to re-unite us with our Heavenly Father… Amazing that through our faith in Him, we are forgiven our sins of yesterday, today and tomorrow- as long as we repent and ask for forgiveness- the price has been paid by Jesus’ blood. I used to watch the film “The Passion of Christ” every year to remind myself how much Christ suffered for me and you! I cry every time I watch it…. Last year I couldn’t watch it anymore… Not because I’m tired of watching it, but because I can’t bear to see the suffering one more time… It brings it to life.. The price He paid.
It is such a blessing to have a constant friend whom I can turn to daily… Not just to ask for help or strength to get through the day, but whom I can say thanks to for all the amazing blessings God showers upon me all the time… Someone who can share my happy heart with… Someone who knows my every thought and every feeling…
Last year I did 40acts… Instead of giving anything up, it was a challenge to do something for others every day.. I sent one lady a text with scripture every day; I bought a number of Costa gift vouchers that I gave away… To random strangers, friends, and colleagues whom I struggled to get along with; I bought gifts for my pastor, my doctor, the youth group at church; I sent words of encouragement in cards to people I knew were struggling; I sent an anonymous card to the community run library to say thank you… And lots more… It was a real blessing. This year I have given up chocolate, and I am doing 40acts again… Although I have to admit it is harder this year! (Not that one doesn’t feel blessed doing things for others, just that some challenges are not possible or impractical, because of my job!)
Sadly this year my job means I am working Easter weekend, although God willing I will be at a 3hr meditation service on Good Friday, and hopefully I will get to church before work on Easter Sunday.
Please take a moment to reflect on how good God is to you and thank Him for the amazing gift of eternal life!
…”it is true! The Lord has risen indeed” Luke 24:34