Easter Thoughts

Easter Thoughts

Easter Thoughts

God created me to be a positive thinker. As a matter of fact, when I took the Gallup Strengths Finder Test, positivity is a strength of mine and so is Woo which combined you will either think I am upbeat and positive or you might find me annoyingly chipper. In any case, I for some reason am wired to see the glass half full, not half empty.

When I think about Holy week and Easter I always think about the “ He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed” part. I don’t always ponder the triumphant entry which in a few short days led to a brutal death on the cross. The heaviness of the last supper, Jesus knowing indeed it was the last time he would partake in a meal with his beloved disciples. The betrayal and the long walk to Calvary. My focus tends to be on the rolled away stone and Jesus in heaven.

That was until a few days ago when I was challenged by one of my co-workers at our staff meeting. Pastor Jaimie led our devotion time and asked us to think about the “ Good Friday Moments” in our lives and then the “ Easter Moments” and talk about them, pray about them, and thank God for both. I struggled at first knowing anything I suffer with in this life is nothing compared to the sacrifice of Christ, yet I have suffered and still have moments or issues that I struggle with. We shared our stories with our co-workers and of course we each have “ Good Friday Moments” we are dealing with. It was a beautiful time of sharing and prayer which left me thinking without the hope of the risen Lord, I would not be able to make it through those tough times. Knowing that Jesus lived an earthly life makes me feel that He is aware of my earthly struggles. I left our meeting feeling grateful for my Christian faith.

I have pondered all of this a lot this week and even more so as I head off to a Good Friday service at my church today. This year I am embracing the whole story of Easter – the difficult and the beautiful. I am so appreciative of the suffering Jesus did on my behalf and the rekindled awareness I have of this during this Holy Week. Life is full of both the difficult and the amazing and a lot of the time it is only in the suffering that we can fully appreciate all that is good. Thank you Pastor Jaimie for the reminder.

He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!!

Mark 16: 1-7

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “ Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side and they were alarmed. “ Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell tell his disciples and Peter, He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him , just as he told you.”

You Are Mine ! Happy Valentines Day !

It is Valentines Day and if you have little ones around, I am sure you have some candy hearts in your house right now. You know the ones I am talking about  – they  say , “Cute”, “Sweet”, ” Hug Me”, “I’m Yours”, “You are Mine”. My daughter and I were making fun sentences with them and as I was looking in the bag for just the right one, I found ” You are Mine”.   I showed it to her and her smile lit up the room and she said ,” That made me feel special mom”.  Isn’t  it great to know that someone loves you enough to say ” You are Mine”.

If you are married then you said wedding vows to each other.  Basically you were saying, ” I am Yours” – ” You are Mine” till death do us part.  That is always good to revisit on Valentines Day.  Yet, the best Valentine ever written was given to all of us.  These beautiful words of love are found in the Bible in the book of John.  John 3:16 says, ” For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  WOW – just think about that for a minute.  God loved you , yes you – the scripture says the whole world as a matter of fact, so that means all of us.  He loved us enough to give us His son, Jesus ,who lived a blameless life and provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins when He died on the cross.  God set the tone for real love.  When you love someone dearly, you are willing to give freely to the point of sacrifice.  That sacrificial love is available to you, you just have to ask.

God has told you ” You are Mine”, now all you have to do is tell him ” I am Yours”