Saturday, April 11, 2009

Rejoice!

As I sit typing with fingers stained in brilliant colors,
I am reminded again of the reason we celebrate.

I have been overwhelmed with the number of online friends who have struggled with sicknesses and deaths in their families recently. People that I have felt close to, and prayed for. Parents that I have cried with as their children face pain and sometimes the ultimate separation.

Have you ever really thought about it?

Really?


That a man spent three days dead. Sealed in rock, wrapped in burial cloths.
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Then defeated - simply and soundly - the greatest enemy we have.
Which actually wasn't death. It was our sin.
The ability of our sin to lead to an enternity separated from His vast love for us.
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Done. Powerless. Final
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It amazes me. This triumph over death.
To put it in today's perspective for me...
Three days ago, a sweet 3-year old that I've been praying for - Armstrong,
ran and shouted and played for the first time in a long while... in Heaven.
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Three days ago.
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What would I do if Armstrong suddenly "woke up"?
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Amazing to think that a man did that 2000 years ago. And he did it out of love.
So I'm rejoicing. Enjoying my Easter as a gift from a Heavenly Father who was willing to give everything to give me a chance to choose my eternity.
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And... you know I couldn't resist showing some of that "rejoicing", right?
Here's a few flashbacks of the whole blown egg tradition where we have an egg hunt, then smash the shells on eachother's heads. Poor unsuspecting victims...







Itty Bit and May-May with Ju

Mr. Daddy BEFORE


Mr. Daddy AFTER

(yeah, he's a bit old for a bottle, ya think?)

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But never, ever, EVER fall asleep on the couch when the Easter Egg Hunt gets rained out.

(don't feel too sorry... my uncle actually slept through the whole thing)

13 comments:

Rissa said...

Lol...very funny... Loved the way you hid the eggs around mr daddy while he was napping.. very creative!! Happy Easter!!

Rissa said...

yay I'm the first to comment LOL

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Oh, the old smash of the easter egg on the head...we might be starting that fun one this year!!!!

He And Me + 3 said...

Your family is so much fun! Those pictures were great!
Happy Easter my friend and thank you for sharing this post with us. So glad that our Savior lives!

Alicia said...

Now that looks like SO MUCH FUN! The pic of the eggs around your sleeping Dad is hilarious.

Happy Easter!

Kameron said...

That's awesome! At least Itty bitty didn't get to him with the sharpie!!

Stacy said...

Thanks for the reminder on why we celebrate. :) That is the hard thing with kids. You want them to experience the fun and magic of teh Easter Bunny, but you also want them to know the REAL REASON why we are celebrating.

Love the pictures of the Easter egg hunt. Especially that last one LOL! Are you doing the blown eggs again this year?

Have a wonderful Easter!

BenLand said...

words of wisdom.....i needed that reminder...thanks!

(love those easter photos! looks like so much fun!!)

Pam said...

Happy Easter, guys! I totally agree with Colleen that this post is full of words of wisdom that are a much needed reminder to us all~~whether we realize it or not!

Have a great week,
Pam

Melissa said...

Oh how funny ~ never heard of the smashing of the eggs before, I'll have to remember that!

Carebear said...

Wow, what a lovely Easter post - beautiful thoughts, well expressed. And LOL at the egg smashing pics!

Ter said...

wow, i came here from i heart faces and saw this post and 'what would you do if (name) suddenly woke up"

Well, that would be my miracle for sure! I would love to have my family back! Just thinking about it makes me smile and cry at the same time.

*sigh*

sorry didn't mean to hijack your comments with my pity party.

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