Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Happy Happy Easter everybody!

I hope you are having better weather than we are. Storm cloud

We have days upon days of rainy and stormy weather.  We are completely soggy.  Our crystal-clear, beautiful river is out of control and WAY out of it’s banks.  Compare these pics from just last weekend at our River Run:

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And NOW:

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And the road leading down to the City Park area under the bridge THEN:
(Check out the lamppost in both pics!)

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And NOW:

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Cah-razyyyy!  I have seen the river flood many times over the years, and much bigger than this, if you can imagine.  But seeing it muddy up and spread out far and wide never ceases to impress me…and NOT in a good way! 

But back to the Easter stuff, after church this morning it has been a pretty low-key day since we really did our Eastering last weekend when all the fam was here; well that and the rain is making it really good for napping doing chores around the house.  But the Easter bunny did visit and there were goodies everywhere!
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We always do Easter baskets every year, but we also make sure that the kids remember and focus on the REAL REASON for Easter.  Much like Christmas, it is easy to get all caught up in the decorations, and the gifts, and the pomp and circumstance of the holiday, but it is important to us that our kids understand WHY we celebrate!

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SO, last night we all sat down in the living room for a family movie night.  A few years ago, I purchased “The Passion of the Christ.”  I started to watch it once, by myself, and didn’t finish it; I didn’t show it to the kids either because I decided that they were not old enough to understand or take in all that it shows.  So yesterday morning I pulled it out and everybody wanted to watch it.  So “The Passion of the Christ” was on the big screen (TV) for the evening.

The words I will use to describe it are:passionjesus

  • eye-opening
  • informative
  • beautiful
  • graphic
  • gut-wrenching

And it left me feeling:

  • BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF, and
  • LOVED BEYOND MEASURE.

 

 

I am so glad we watched it together as a family.  The kids could not take their eyes off the screen, and seemed to be honestly touched by what they were seeing and hearing.  We were all moved.  It was extremely powerful!

 

SO WHY is it that we have reason to CELEBRATE today??

HE IS RISEN!

“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” – Matthew 28:2-6

PRAISE GOD!

I hope you had a joyous Easter today!

xoxo

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