On Good Friday, April 2, 2010, I posted this as a note on my Facebook page.
As Christians, we spend a lot of time preparing for and celebrating Christmas. We decorate, buy gifts, and go to parties. It is a lot of fun and I truly enjoy it, but a part of me thinks we might be putting the emphasis on the wrong holiday. Why aren’t we buying the most amazing gifts for our children on Easter? After all, we are celebrating a gift so amazing it is, to me, unimaginable. This weekend we celebrate Christ being crucified, buried, and rising to Heaven so that we are washed of our sins if we believe in him and ask forgiveness. So we can also spend eternity in Heaven…walking streets of gold, praising and worshipping our Heavenly Father. Looking at my children, I can’t imagine such a sacrifice. This weekend, lets hold our kids a little closer and praise the Lord a little louder as we remember why we are celebrating. I love each of you!!!
At the time I posted this, like everyone else, I had no idea what the next year would hold for my family. I certainly had no idea that it would hold Easter 2011 with my family being separated in order to meet the needs that my beautiful son has. I also had no idea that the trials and tribulations leading up to our separation would bring me so much closer to God. As we have dealt with these things, I have realized just how weak I am. I cannot imagine living through what we have without the love and strength of God behind me. “I am weak, but he is strong” is by far the truest statement I have heard and learned this year.
So, as you spend the Holiest day of the year with friends and family, remember that you are celebrating on earth so that we may all have the biggest celebration in Heaven. Let’s look at our beautiful children another year, let’s hug them, hold them, and then realize that we cannot imagine the love that God must have for us. I don’t know a single Mama or Daddy that could do what our Heavenly Father has done for us.
I pray that you all have a blessed Easter Sunday, and continued blessings always.
For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16