The Blessings of Good Friday and Easter

This weekend is part of Holy Week when we celebrate Christ’s suffering and death and then His resurrection. For some reason, the day of his painful and awful passing is Good Friday. Good for us, but certainly not for him. Then three days later, he rose again so we might have life.

Wow, that’s huge, right?! The fact that someone agreed to die for me and my loved ones and those I don’t know is mind-boggling. And, such an immense blessing. Christ loved us enough to suffer and deal with pain worse than I can imagine. He died and rose so that we might live.

The promise of that has helped my son and me as we’ve dealt with my late husband’s death. It has been hard at times but knowing where he is makes all of the difference for us. We know he is not in pain. We know he is not struggling. There is hope in our pain. There is joy in the morning. And, there is love everlasting.

Before the pandemic, Easter weekend was a time for large family gatherings. We had Easter Egg hunts, prayers in a circle with hands held, potluck meals, and church services with amazing music. I miss those times with my family and friends. I miss the gathering and the celebration of new life, of spring, and of Easter.

This year will be different but at least we can be with my parents to have lunch and enjoy the service via an online link. We will be careful and mindful of masks, distancing, etc. Being with them is a real and true blessing. I am so thankful for that. The little things and the times together are truly the best.

There are other things to be concerned about as well. Illnesses, sickness, accidents, hunger, loss of home or business, and more. I have been troubled in the last few weeks about the multiple mass shootings at a variety of locations and in several states. Today, there was an incident at the Capitol that resulted in the death of an officer and the suspect allegedly causing the problems. Sad news for their families and friends.

So despite all the negativity, I am trying to focus on the good things. I am trying to focus on what I am thankful for. It isn’t always easy to do but we try. Each day, we try to live life to the fullest and make the most of our time. Some days that means rest, others days it means a lot of work, and other times, it may mean time to wallow in the bad feelings before moving on. Or means fun or doing something we enjoy.

A few items that I am thankful for are: flowers blooming, breakfast with my son before our day starts, hearing about a new idea or project, birds chirping, celebrating the life of a loved one, favorite songs, photos of special memories, a favorite meal, prayers, walks, the sound of the ocean, our family, our friends, our church, my son’s school, our community, and our freedoms.

Blessings to you and yours! May you have hope and be comforted by what this weekend is all about. It is about more than just candy or bunnies or new outfits. It is about love and life. Happy Easter to you!

(They have changed the formatting of this blog, so it looks weird. Sorry about that! I will be working on the new format and hope to learn it soon.)

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia

Hello and Happy Easter!  He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!

Here are the lyrics of one of my favorite hymns, “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” —

“Jesus Christ is risen today Alleluia
Our triumphant holy day Alleluia
Who did once upon the cross Alleluia
Suffer to redeem our loss Alleluia

Hymns of praise then let us sing Alleluia
Unto Christ our heavenly king Alleluia
Who endured the cross and grave Alleluia
Sinners to redeem and save Alleluia

But the pains which he endured Alleluia
Our salvation have procured Alleluia
Now above the sky he’s king Alleluia
Where the angels ever sing Alleluia

Sing we to our God above Alleluia
Praise eternal as his love Alleluia
Praise him, all you heavenly host Alleluia
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost Alleluia Alleluia”

And, here are the words of a more contemporary song — “In Christ Alone” by Adrienne Camp

“In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me…”

May these words having meaning of all that Christ did for us so that we might live.

May you be blessed and comforted on this Holy day.  May you celebrate remotely with loved ones.

May you remember to always, always love.

He Is Risen! He Is Risen Indeed!

Easter liilyHe Is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!!!

Hi and Happy Easter!  Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus after a brutal beating and death. The fact that He endured such pain and suffering is an amazing one and something I cherish.

A friend of mine who is a pastor said that Easter is his favorite day of the year.  It is one of my faves too.  It is a wonderful and glorious end to a sad and painful weekend.  On Thursday, we have Maundy Thursday where you celebrate The Last Supper.  Our service was really great and very moving since we heard the story of Jesus breaking bread with the disciples for this His last meal.

Then Good Friday is when you will often hear the last 7 words of Christ before he died next to two other men on the cross.  You also hear the story of the suffering that He endured.  At the end of each of those services, we were asked to leave in silence and no benediction was given.  Because, the story isn’t over until Easter.

Easter…Wow…a day of promise fulfilled.  A day of celebration…  A day of faith and fun… A day to realize that a man who was crucified and died conquered death and rose again.   A day that some believe didn’t happen.  I do and believe that it is truly an awesome day!

On Easter, we have yummy candy, new clothes and hats, Easter Egg Hunts, a sunrise service at the marina, breakfast at church, special music, a packed service with communion, and lunch with the family.  It is a day of praise, family, and true happiness.

We almost always sing my favorite hymn:

  • Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia
  • Our triumphant Holy Day, Alleluia
  • Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia
  • Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia
  • Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
  • Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
  • Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
  • Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
  • But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
  • Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
  • Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
  • Where the angels ever sing.
  • Alleluia! Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
  • Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
  • Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
  • Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

I love the words to this hymn.  I love hearing the entire congregation sing it together.  I love hearing the organ play the accompaniment.  I love the sound of the trumpets that are often played.  I love feeling chills and thanking the Lord for this miracle.

I hope you enjoy this amazing and wonderful day!  May you have a blessed Easter!

He Is Risen!! He Is Risen Indeed!!  Alleluia!!!