Happy Resurrection Sunday tomorrow! We are lifting our heads out of the dust of our master bathroom renovation to spend some time celebrating the most important declaration of the Christian faith,
"He is not here. He is risen, just as He said."
On Thursday evening we roasted a little lamb shank and celebrated a simplified Seder Meal, with The Storyteller asking the age old questions and The Historian reading the passages of Scripture that reminded us of the Messiah.
It was really meaningful and wonderful, though our tenderhearted Dreamer could not enjoy the lamb. We just couldn't help but think of Jesus' last supper with His disciples and it brought joy to our hearts to explore the deeper meaning of the bread and the cup.
On Friday, my husband was asked to take part in the community Good Friday service and the Word of God was preached powerfully, as the 7 Statements from the Cross were expounded by 7 local pastors and lay leaders. It was a long evening for the children - two hours of sitting still in very uncomfortable pews. I was so pleased with both of the children, but in particular, The Storyteller's behaviour was really pleasing. I think the Lord is allowing us to see our boy's slow but steady maturing in the area of self-control as others have been commenting on his improved behaviour.
Today we are resting, and later we will decorate eggs with the symbols of the Resurrection to use tomorrow as we celebrate with a small family meal together. We are not able to get together with any of our immediate family because of distance, and our home isn't exactly 'company - ready' since the renovation mess seems to be spreading itself to all corners, so we will be alone. We actually went out for a short while today to a local toy store that is having a big sale this weekend. It is a small locally owned downtown business and our children's favorite place in the world to shop. They each bought a new Playmobil toy to go with their sets. They had $5 each burning a hole in their pockets!
We feel that we have much to be thankful for as we celebrate quietly and enjoy a weekend of focusing on our faith in a special way. I've had some good news from my doctor concerning my health issues this week and that was really encouraging. Her 'prescription' for me includes a two week vacation - which we will have to squeeze in after the renovation is complete. In the meantime, I am trying to rest more, worry less, and find ways to lessen my load a bit. God is so faithful and we are so blessed.
My prayer is that all who read this simple blog will know God and the power of Jesus' resurrection in a real and meaningful way. May your Easter weekend be blessed with family, friends, the laughter of children and much love! If you don't have any little ones of your own, be sure to 'borrow' some for a couple of hours, since all children are a gift from God, and you can't help but feeling joy when you spend time enriching their little lives.