It is the day before Easter. I don’t know what you are doing today, this day before Easter of 2020. I spent some time looking back in my journal to see where I was last year at Easter, my last one with Harry. We were in India and just finishing a module. I looked back to see where I was geographically, but I also was reminded of how difficult the month of April was last year. Harry’s struggles have passed and mine have changed. But I am happy. The past does not have to define our future, though it has an effect. By the grace of God, we have a choice how it does.
For many of us, we recognize and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every Sunday; that is how we live; that is how we think. Every Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection! I have often written on cards the phrase HE IS RISEN – JUST AS HE SAID. The truths in those words are stunning and not for today. I will opt for brevity. Do think about it.
We will not be in our churches tomorrow. We will not be at sunrise services but we can make the day special – a day of remembrances and honor! Not a memorial so much because Jesus lives and He has chosen to live within us. Unfathomable, yet knowable, because of faith, because He chose to dwell within us.
God has done so very much for us; this verse: 1 Corinthians 6:14 is a perfect Easter verse and a particular encouragement on this day when the world seems upside down to many of us….And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 1Corinthians 6:14
We celebrate the resurrection, but we can also celebrate promises in Scripture, including this one given in the same sentence that testifies that God raised up the Lord – we will be raised too. We will be resurrected also. My Easter Day will likely be the quietest Easter Day I have ever known; it is the day before Easter and I am not cooking! I am ok with that part. I am okay with being alone. This will pass and I don’t want to miss what God has for me during this time of relative seclusion.
Don’t miss church tomorrow. How wonderful technology can be. I never used my Facebook account, but I decided to so that I can participate with our church live, instead of listening after it is posted to our church website. (odbconline.org) If your church does not have an online service, I promise great blessing if you join us. I would say: “Trust me.”
The Easter message is titled “The Hope of the Resurrection.” Has there ever been a time when hope was more needed? The live broadcast begins at 7:00. I intend to take my tablet out to the back porch for church and watch the sun rise from the East.
Here is a screenshot about services. Just visit Facebook and go to the church page to worship with us. (This is just a screenshot for information; hyperlinks will not work.) The one in this paragraph will!
Frequently I like to close with a quote. Could today’s be any more appropriate?
Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness. Floyd W. Thompkins
May the coming week be one of strength, beauty and happiness.