Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.
-1 Peter 1:3-4
The praises of Easter Sunday resonated as exclamation marks in the hearts of many on Sunday. Praise was exclaimed through brightly colored dresses on a dreary day, piping hot lunches piled high on plates, and family pictures on the porch. Celebration was to be captured on this one very special day of the year.
Many years, I've allowed the planning of Easter to interrupt the celebrating of Easter. What to wear, who to eat lunch with, when will the Easter baskets be filled...anxious questions like these distract my heart from giving thanks.
But this year?
I'm learning to cast aside the worries of my flesh and praise a decimal higher than usual.
Because, really, when you sit down hard and examine life - all of life - what is the point of all those questions? Are they helpful? No. Do they cause stress? Yes. Why do we allow the anxiety of preparation get in the way of joyful celebration?
Yeah, moments of life can be extremely difficult. It is natural to question during hard times, pain is acceptable. But to stay in these moments? That is the death of living.
To live -truly live - we must give praises of exclamation during the hard. Because exclamations of praise during the pain is what gives us hope that we will get through this. It is the promise of new birth ahead.
New birth has captured my heart these past two months. Our Ridley boy is worth a million praises shouted over and over again.
Ridley is a healthy boy, eleven pounds and eight ounces!
Adeline and Maralee are learning their new roles as big sisters and growing into beautiful little girls!
Raleigh and I are parents of three children - what a blessing!
He will forever be a reminder for me to live hope; to thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This Easter, I better grasp the reason why we celebrate. There is peace in knowing that "It is finished" - the difficult circumstances, pain, and trials - and that we can be at home today through the inheritance we've been given.
I rock Ridley to sleep, singing him a soft lullaby. He grunts and nestles his face against me, eyes closed in peace. Aren't we like a newborn, born new in Christ?
Let us remember Easter and live hope even when our hope seems lost. May we give God our praises through our pain. Exclaim your love for him by loving those you've been given to love. This is new birth, this is life to its' fullest.
Till next time, let your light shine!