This is one of my favorite times of year. Everything is starting to grow and bud and bloom, baby birds are singing, the grass is coming up green, sun is shining. The Earth becomes just beautiful! Today was especially wonderful and I am overjoyed both for the amazing scenery and that it is Easter Sunday.
Some of you friends of mine from further away may not have known that I was not going to church for a while. I didn't talk about it for various reasons, none of which had to do with belief. For a good year and a half I didn't go and then just on and off this last year. But right around Christmas something had started to change in me and it has really started to change in me this last month. I am so glad to have come back and to enjoy the gospel message at this time of year. I love Easter and the message of the resurrection. It is a story of hope for all of us. that Jesus died is part of it, yes, but that he lives, that he has conquered death and has freed us from the chains of hell is the sweetest part of it.
1 Corinthians 15:55 "Oh death where is thy victory, oh grave where is thy sting?"
Jesus died for our sins, but he lives that we might live again! It is the greatest message His gospel can give us. Through Christ death is swallowed up and the grave of both sin and physical death cannot hold us anymore. How appropriate to reflect on this very message just as the Earth herself renews herself and springs forth with the beautiful bounties of this time of year.