As we celebrate Easter being sheltered at home
Matthew 28 English Standard Version (ESV)
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.”
8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
HE HAS RISEN ~
The Bible tells us the story of Jesus rising from the dead and the celebration of his life. It continues throughout generations and we celebrate this day by calling it Easter. Easter is not only about Jesus, but about the Easter Bunny to many people. Kids will look for Easter eggs and baskets filled with fun things. Parents will share the story of Jesus since we can't attend church this year. Maybe the family will watch church on TV and join in worship songs. That is what my husband and I are doing this year. Our church begins at 9am online and we have a small group of friends on Zoom. Joining together while being apart is the connect this year.
You can also text someone, face time, email or any point of contact. I know my neighbors are outside a little more than their normal. We distant ourselves but still say hi on a daily bases. I have chosen to walk daily and keep up my exercise time. Often times I use this time as a prayer walk. Praying for people are busy on each day of life, saving lives. Doctors, nurses and hospital staff. People who continue to take 911 calls and take care of others. I don't take things for granted at all.
EASTER ~ I think of Easter as LIFE
It's time to ask yourself this, "what can I do to make a difference?"
Life changing experiences stay with us. The other day I got a small card in the mail and it changed my moment of life. Inside were words of knowing how hard this shelter in place is for me. The person knew me and knew I would appreciate a card so much. I miss my grandchildren, family and friends. I miss volunteering at my church and school. I miss the adults in my life that I saw on a regular bases. I miss my Starbucks friends, so I text them. Happy Easter this year means, I thank God for life and for protection. I see how this shelter in place is helping save lives. I'm doing my part by staying home and doing my best to stay healthy. Eating right is important and walking is important. I also write you daily to encourage and life up the Lord. I've seen miracles of life and I recall some on a daily bases.
Thank you God for your son Jesus and life
Purpose this the best day you can. If you can't see someone today and you miss them, text them or call them. Share life through social media and share hope too. Even the strongest person you know, needs someone to reach out to them. I value your time in read this and pray for my family and me. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. HAPPY EASTER!