I was hopeful that we would be home before Easter, so I had already set up a few Easter decorations before we left to make our home that much more welcoming… glad we made it just in time! Today we attended a community Easter service at the Oliver community centre. It was so good to be at church again, worshiping, hearing God’s word and seeing friends. I love Easter! Of course I love the eggs and chocolate, but even more than that I love Easter for the cross and its reminder to us of God’s amazing and sacrificial love for us.
Ann Voskamp sums it up so well, “And this week, Jesus looks you right in the eye, and He takes that yoke off your back, He takes that weight off your mind, He takes that heaviness off your heart — and He carries it because He wants to carry you…. to carry you right through.
He looks you right in the eye & says, “I did it for love…” (Jn3:16)
He takes your hand & takes that crown of thorns & says, “I did it because I had to take you…” (Jn14:3)
He takes that Cross you’ve been carrying & He lets you walk weightless — *grace is weightless* — and He says, “I did it because I desperately wanted you…” (Ro.5:8)
Who in this world has ever wanted us like He has?”
“He is waiting for each of us. Today and every single day. He pursues us like no other. It all comes back to one thing LOVE. That weightless walk. That grace. We don’t have to travel the roads of life alone. We don’t have to carry our burdens and our brokenness alone. He is waiting. He is here. He is a hope that defies all darkness. Easter celebrates a freedom, a grace, and a love that I know only through Him. It is through Him that I can find joy in all circumstances. It is through Him that I can know the meaning of grace. It is through Him that I can know the depth of selfless love. It is through Him that I am renewed each day. It is only through Him that I can live. Without Him, I am broken and lost.”
I hope that you know Him too. The reality is that life is just way too hard to do on our own…seriously way too difficult. I am constantly reminded of my need for Christ and his never ending love and grace. I am so thankful that He never stops pursuing me, even when I pull away and temporarily forget this. Christ has risen indeed!
After lunch we had an Easter egg hunt with the kids in our yard. I do love these little traditions!
And they wanted a silly one…