Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Blessings

Easter Sunday.  A time of celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Because He loved us so very much, He paid the ultimate price for our sin and rose again three days later.  He is my Savior, my Redeemer, my Hope.

Last year at this time, I found myself reminiscing about Easter traditions--from new dresses and pictures with the Easter Bunny to egg hunts and chocolate bunnies being devoured.  Though these activities always brought plenty of smiles, they never took away from our primary cause for celebration--Jesus' resurrection.  Hymns of praise and sermons delivering messages of God's unfailing love--now there's a reason to celebrate!

Last year at this time, there would be no Easter morning service for us.  Paige was getting ready to begin a new phase of chemotherapy, and her counts were too low to be among big crowds.  She did manage to take part in decorating our traditional bunny cake, and we were able to enjoy Easter dinner at her grandma's house.  An egg hunt even helped complete the day.  At that point, Paige was just three months in on the fight of her life--but she radiated hope that day.  In fact, she still does.

This year, things are different--in a good way.  Now almost 15 months in on this journey, our family received a special gift this Easter Sunday.  We were able--no, make that completely, totally blessed--to attend church together this morning.  Worshiping together.  Hearing the message together.  Kind of an awesome thing.

After church, it was off to Grandma's house for lunch and an indoor egg hunt (thanks to some rainy weather).  The bunny cake dessert tradition continued, sporting an awareness theme this year.  Paige and Jeremy provided plenty of laughs as they entertained us with stories and unique takes on life.  Hearts and bellies full, we headed home for a little game time and finished out the evening with the A.D. series premiere.

Last year, this year--and every second I have breath--I am thankful for God's amazing grace, mercy, and unfailing love.  I am thankful for the 14-year-old miracle asleep in the other room who continues to show she is living proof of the hope we have in Jesus.  What an incredible blessing--today and every day.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing...   Romans 15:13

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