Easter Is Coming!

As I was picking up some last minute items for this weekend, I was amazed at how many people stopped and wished me a Happy Easter. Everyone had huge smiles on their faces and the feelings of joy surrounded me as I bought my ingredients for Deviled Eggs and Derby Pie.

Easter is a time for celebration. Today on this Good Friday, we are reminded of Jesus' suffering with hope. Sitting on this side of Jesus' death and resurrection, we have the knowledge that Easter is coming. No matter what sufferings we face, no matter if all hope seems lost, no matter how hard life gets, Easter is coming. Jesus is risen!

I know that many out there are suffering. Many are brokenhearted, have broken bodies, have broken spirits. I am not in a season of suffering right now...I have been through hard times and I know that there will be struggles ahead. BUT I am so grateful that can live with the knowledge that no matter how hard this world is and how tough things get on this side of heaven, there is more to look forward to. There is SO MUCH MORE! "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome the world." - Jesus (John 16:33)

At the beginning of this Holy Week I heard a sermon at church about having to be emptied out before we can be filled up to be our best selves and to be who God intended for us to be. The Rev. Sarah Howell gave a great visual of a perfect ball of clay. It's smooth and beautiful on the outside, but it is not a very good vessel. It's not until you pinch and pull and hollow out the clay that it becomes something of great use. This sermon was amazing and set the tone for this week of reflection on the cross and on Jesus. If you are struggling, or even if you're not, it's a great reminder of Jesus love and the purpose of his death on the cross. Here is the link to Sarah's sermon: Emptied Palm Sunday Sermon 

Easter is coming! Jesus is Risen! He is risen indeed!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials." 1 Peter 1:3-6

Happy Easter!

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