“He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day raised again.’ Then they remembered His words” (Luke 24:6-8).
Easter is a time of rebirth. In my part of the country, the East coast, we often see both tulips and snow on Easter Sunday; children wearing beautiful dresses to church covered under either Spring or Winter coat and hats.
Regardless of the weather one thing is certain–Jesus Christ has risen! That is the most glorious news we hear!
Despite our troubles, Jesus is constant in our lives. He suffered, died, was buried and rose again on the third day. His beautiful sacrifice we remember always, but particularly during the Easter season.
Perhaps you did something extra in preparation for Easter Sunday; gave up something; prayed more; helped a neighbor or an organization. Maybe you offered your own suffering up due to chronic illness and prayed to Jesus for the strength to accomplish this task.
What a remarkable reminder all of us have that Jesus walks with us on our journeys. He chose to walk on this land, among his people, eat and breath, and then die amongst them.
Easter Sunday gives us hope–hope of a new start. It is a day perhaps to go outside and smell the fresh air, to look at the beautiful blue sky, to marvel at nature–the clouds, sun, birds, and flowers.
If we are alone, we can remember we are not truly alone. We have our savior in our hearts. Perhaps there is a neighbor we could reach out to who also may need company.
If we are fortunate to be with family or friends, make it a joyous day without conflicts. We can treasure the relationships, put aside differences, and open our hearts to the joy that can be experienced.
After all Jesus died for our sins!
He is risen, He is risen!
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Prayer: Dear God, Alleluia, He is risen. Let us rejoice in the glory of the resurrection. In your name Jesus, Amen.
About the author:
Laura Seil Ruszczyk lives in New York with her husband and three children. She is a retired elementary school counselor who discovered her love of writing about 35 years ago. Laura is the disability/chronic illness advocate for her church and also enjoys running a HopeKeepers group. She is writing a book about her illness, dysautonomia: the deregulation of the autonomic nervous system. She had a pacemaker implanted in October 2013 as a result of dysautonomia slowing her heart rate.
What Easter traditions provide hope in your life?
I recently saw the Billy Graham Hope America special and heard the testimony of Lacey Strum. She sings this touching and inspiring song Mercy Tree about Christ’s gift for us and His resurrection. I hope it blesses you. -Lisa
You can hear Lacey’s testimony on this video.