a family Easter celebration
It’s not often that all of my family can get together at Easter anymore, but this year Mom and Dad are volunteering just a couple of hours away and have been able to spend several days here with us during the week. Although we always celebrate Easter at church that morning, I can’t remember the last time we shared any kind of Easter meal together. Even growing up, our focus was never on a special meal like at Christmas or Thanksgiving. For my family, the celebration was simply being together and sharing the celebration of Christ’s resurrection, plus a little egg hunting when we were young. But I don’t remember a special lunch or dinner planned just for the day. This year, though, something fun was planned for all of us.
It was important to the 3rd boy that all of us attend the Sunrise Service at church, so my sister and my mom planned a little brunch to follow. Sausage pinwheels, ham and cheese spirals, apple sticky buns and fresh fruit salad. Everything was prepared in advance, so we were able to come back after church and just warm it up and eat. Which meant more time to just hang out together and catch up, then everyone could head back home late morning with a full afternoon left. It was a really great day, beginning with a true celebration of Life.
Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
— 1 Peter 1:18-21 (The Message)