Saturday, April 03, 2010

Easter Blessings

"And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth shook; and the rocks were split........."

Matthew 27: 50-51

"And the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying."

Matthew 28: 5-6

Center piece 'picked' and decorated for Mama with love

from Cosette, with help from Grandma and her flower bed :)

Four Gospels. Count them---Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Four different tellings on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. And we covered them all last night, every single chapter, from Matthew through John. It took from 8:30 p.m. until 4:00a.m. We ended with a beautiful time of communion. There were 14 of us (if I'm remembering and counting properly)

Three little people were put to bed on time, and Joel and I stayed up waaaaay later than either of us are used to for our first ever experience of a 'Bible Marathon'. But it was worth it. To reflect four times over on the death and resurrection of your Lord in one evening is quite a powerful thing. It was an awesome way to 'bring in' Easter!

Last year, Easter was very sad for us. My Grandmother was in the hospital to have open heart surgery. We all expected her to come out of it fine, but as each day passed, it became clearer and clearer that she probably wouldn't be with us much longer. We rejoiced for her, but cried for us when she left the day after Easter. We still miss her, alot.

But this year, we know that she's already had a whole 'year' (you'll have to forgive me, I don't know Heaven's time-structure!!) in a beautiful place.

And we got to spend 8 straight hours drinking in the Word. And the whole time, Baby Toucan stayed awake with us, kicking and squirming and making her presence known. And I realized how blessed we are this Easter. My heart goes out to friends and loved ones who I know are having struggles of their own this Easter---know that the Lord is with you through everything!

Here is Noah trying his hand at the cello after I was done practicing for tomorrow's Easter service.

We think maybe, just maybe, he could benefit from a smaller size cello (think, 'toddler size)--what do you think? ;)

Side note: Notice his tongue sticking out. He and Cosette both do that when they are concentrating really hard. I'm afraid they get that from me!

"He is Risen!"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thinking of your Grandma Rosina always brings a smile to my face. What a lovely woman!!

Had such a great time doing the Bible marathone too.



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