Easter and Lent are huge at our house. When Ray was little he used to give up TV for Lent and for the last two Lents, the girls have decided to give up TV along with a slew of other things. They are cut from some cloth those kids! They are determined and they do not falter! TV, candy, red meat and several other banned things shall not touch their eyes and lips.
The truth is, that after watching Ray suffer and die, Easter just has more meaning.
I just cannot think of Christ without thinking of him. I just cannot think of taking up my own cross without thinking of that load he carried. So like Christ, he carried it so well.
It both inspires and terrifies me!
I am so grateful for Christ's victory. He made victory for Ray possible. Victory over death forever.
I was thinking back to right after Ray died and I felt that sense so greatly. Victory. Over death for him. Life again in heaven.
Oh I pray Christ's victory for each of us. That as we celebrate tomorrow - the joy of Easter from the desert of Lent - that we can claim Christ's victory. Over death. Over fear. Over all that divides us from him.
not alone and not afraid -
"On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." Isaiah 25:7-9