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Thursday, April 14, 2011

True Meaning

Easter is the next major holiday and honestly one of my favorites. This statement is true, my favorite holiday of all time is Christmas...but Easter is a close second. As I walked around a couple stores yesterday I observed mothers and children looking at things that are meant to celebrate Easter. Eggs, bunnies, baskets, grass, candy, etc. My first thought (loving kids) was, "that is so cute!" Then I began thinking about my childhood and how Easter was celebrated in my family, and still is today. In my house, we enjoyed all the commercial and Americanized Easter festivities. (complete with a serious egg hunt I might add) But this was all on the back burner to the true meaning of Easter. I'm sure we have all heard that term a lot with Easter and Christmas. The "true meaning" can be different for everyone, different for every religion. In Christianity, and in my home, the meaning of Easter was to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This was a time for our family to gather, worship in church and celebrate the resurrection! I'm getting emotional writing this because my family means a lot to me and more than that my relationship with the Lord means a lot to me too. This is the first time I have blogged about this on MY blog. (I did a guest post about motivation through the Lord) But I honestly felt the need to talk about it on my blog after seeing everything yesterday about candy, eggs and bunnies. Whether you are Christian or not, celebrate Easter this year with family. Cherish those around you and rejoice in the fact that you are alive and healthy and have someone to share this beautiful day with.

The Bible can always tell a story PERFECTLY, in comparison of the way I'm trying to tell it, so here goes:

Matthew 28:1-10 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” 8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Easter 2010- My Mema and I :)

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