Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter is BIG

Our church is small but our celebration is big. I can’t say we average 40 in church on Sundays, but I do make 40 newsletter/bulletin inserts and sometimes that isn’t enough. Today, Easter Sunday, the church was full, the choir was full, there were 9 kids up front for the children’s sermon (that’s three more than we have on any other good Sunday). We had 350 eggs for those nine kids to hunt after church. I thank God for visitors and people who will come to church on this important Sunday. Everyone is on their own journey and it’s a joy when our paths cross.

Our family is small but it seems big when we get together. We put all the leaves in the table at Gran’s house to make room for the holiday food and extra chairs. There’s usually only five of us. On Easter we were eight. More laughter, more stories, talking about the ones who weren’t there and wishing that they were.

Easter is just one day, but it's an important day, a BIG deal day, our high holy day. Easter is the end of lent and the end of Holy Week with its ups and downs. Easteris also the beginning of "the rest of the story". On Friday, Jesus paid in blood, the only currency accepted to purchase our freedom. On Sunday he proved to the world that he is God, he came back from the dead. And through him, so will we. It doesn't get much bigger than that!

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