Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy He is Risen Day!

Happy He is Risen Day!
I used to say Happy Easter.
I love Happy He is Risen Day! so much more.

This Easter has meant so much to me.  So much so, that I 
completely forgot that the Easter Bunny is even involved in this holiday.  
I forgot that he fills Easter baskets and hides colored eggs.
I remembered that this morning.  Not two weeks ago.  This morning.
And I love that I didn't decorate my house with every Easter decoration that
I've ever bought.  No need.  Antique rabbits and little sweet baskets 
never saw the light of day at my house this month.  A first!

Although I did place one small vintage postcard in our dining room mirror.

My thoughts were not focused on rabbits and chicks.  
But rather, on the fact that He is Risen!

That's all the Easter decorating I did this year.
Oh wait, I forgot.  Besides placing the He is Risen sign above my daisies,
I did tuck our big plastic Easter eggs
in the flowers in front of the picket fence.   
My neighbor told me her son looks forward to seeing those.
  Can't disappoint him.

And another difference this year.

 I took the kids to the Good Friday service at church.
Never done that before.
And my sister invited us today to see the Passion Play
at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita.
Amazing.  Utterly amazing.
On a scale from 1 to 10, it's a 20.
You MUST see that next year.
I will see it every year.

Isn't this a beautiful cross in a beautiful setting?
As we were walking back to our car after the play,
I saw it tucked behind the church parking lot.
I had to take a picture.

Whenever I find myself back in Santa Clarita,
I hope to take the time to sit beside it.
And honor Him.
In silence.
With tears in my eyes.
And joy in my heart.

For what He did for me, and you,
is truly humbling.
And amazing.

"He is not here;
for He is risen!"

Matthew 28:6

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