Sunday, March 31, 2013

In Vain

Easter thoughts:

My mindset this weekend very much followed the arc of the Easter story. Friday and Saturday were heavy with the weight of the dark things in this world. And weird, scary stuff happened too, such as Josh getting into an icy highway accident while towing two Jeeps back from Moab, Utah, in our pickup. (Thankfully, it was a very low speed accident, and he's fine, though the truck is not fine yet.)

I was hungry for a real taste of Easter today, and I got one.

It began strange and sweet, with Josiah, who had an unusually hard time sleeping last night. He kept waking up thirsty. After the second time I gave him some water, I rocked him for a minute, then asked if he was ready to go back to bed.

"No," was his answer.

"Well, what do you need?"


Which meant he needed me to sing Jesus Loves Me. And that is sweet, even at 2 in the morning.

As it turns out, Jesus Loves Me figured prominently into the Easter sermon, which focused on he simplicity of God's love for us. But the thing that struck me the most was a line from a hymn:

Death in vain forbids him rise.

In vain.

No matter how hard evil and darkness and the enemy of our souls try to beat the Christ, it is all in vain. Love wins.

I needed to hear that today.

Wonderful Easter photos coming soon ... As soon as our Internet is fixed, which still hasn't happened.  (So, yes, I am writing this on my phone. Ugh.)

What was your most memorable Easter moment?

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