Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Easter Means to Me

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Easter is my favorite holiday ...

Not because of the chocolate bunnies.  Not because of the sweet-smelling hyacinth.  Not even because we can gather with family to celebrate a joyous occasion.

Easter is my favorite holiday because of the hope that the resurrection of Christ offers us.  As one writer has said, If Jesus has been raised from the dead, then all of the promises of God are reliable. 

That gift is especially precious to me this year.  I've turned a corner, started a new chapter ... call it what you will, but this is a new stage of life for me.  It's a little bit scary, but I know this trial won't last forever.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18, New International Version, ©2011)

Life can be hard, but it's easier to deal with challenges when we know that the end isn't far off.  With God's promise for the future and the strength He gives me now, I am holding on to the hope that we have through Christ and His resurrection.

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8 comments :

  1. Very well said, and a great verse to sum it all up!

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  2. Easter is my favorite holiday for those same reasons, Melissa. Hope! I think I’m late to the party in realizing just how important it is to have HOPE, not just in the big things like salvation, but in all the little things that Christ also enlightens with hope.

    Praying for you, friend! I will be watching for your FFF post tomorrow if you have time to update us.

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  3. Praying for you. Hope is the most important. Wishing you a good rest of the week and Easter.

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  4. Easter's where the real victory is! I love it, too.

    Praying for you, Melissa. Happy Resurrection Day.

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  5. Hi Melissa -- I just read your "Spilling the Beans" post. My goodness! You are in a season of trust .. and a lot of waiting & logistics. I will say a prayer for you, friend, for God to continue to walk you through. Thank you for sharing this with us.. and your Easter thoughts in this season.

    Happy Easter, Melissa!

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  6. Always, praying for you...
    I agree 1 million percent with your post!
    Need more to remember what Easter is instead of the bunny and egg hunts!

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  7. Yes, knowing how the story ends makes getting through the pages so much more bearable. Happy Easter!

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