Happy Easter!

Jesus Christ has risen from the dead.  He has conquered death.

He is alive!  Happy Easter!

Easter Wishes

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!Happy Easter?  In the midst of seeing my mother die?

A friend wrote to me yesterday, “Grief is a hard place to be.”  It is.  It most definitely is.

Sometimes grief grabs you at the least unexpected moment.  A word, a smell, a memory, even kind words from someone can trigger tears.  Yet, those same things can trigger a smile, too.

Letting go is hard. Seeing one you love so much continue to suffer is hard, too.

Happy  Easter?  Yes!  Why?  Because as we watch her earthly body continue to decline, we have the hope of seeing her again one day in heaven.

That is what is so special about Easter.  Although Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was crucified, He rose from the dead three days later.  He conquered death.  The reality is especially sweet now as my sister and I care for our mom as she transitions from this world to the next.

Easter is the promise of hope.  Heaven is real, because Jesus victory over death is real.

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Thankful for Debt Paid in Full – Celebrating Easter

"New Creation".  Orange butterfly on leaf

Yesterday, I drove up to the window at the fast food restaurant to pay for food I had ordered.  I was informed that the woman in the vehicle ahead of me had paid for my order in full!  The proof was a duplicate receipt.

Easter is only a few days away.  It is not really about a big bunny or dyed eggs.

Easter is about Jesus Christ, God’s  son, paying the debt for my sins (inability to measure up to God’s perfect standards).  God set the standards, but when he saw we could not meet  them, he also provided a way to satisfy the debt owed.  His only son died on the cross to give his life in place of mine.  What costly love freely given!  It is a choice each person makes whether they accept this gift or not.  Easter is a celebration that Jesus Christ did not stay in the grave.  He conquered death.  He rose from the dead.  Jesus paid my debt.   My “receipt” is the written word of God, the Bible.  The evidence is the difference he has made in my life.

 3″ I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.”  1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NewLiving Translation)