We have arrived!
It has been forty days since Ash Wednesday.
We have chosen some fasts perhaps. Read a little more Scripture than we normally do.
Offered our hearts to be cleansed more…opened our minds to be renewed more.
Contemplated the events of Holy Week from a new perspective, and now we celebrate.
This year our family is doing something on Easter that we haven’t done in a very long time.
We will all be together.
For the past several years this has only happened one time every year. One short few hours on Christmas Eve when all the whole tribe is in one place together at the same time.
I dare say as my tears flow every Easter and as they are surely spilling out even as I type those words, we do not stand a prayer of a dry Easter here in Austin.
It has been a “pinch me I must be dreaming” day for this mom and I can say that we did not rest….not for a moment.
And God willing and the creek don’t rise, we get to do it again in May for a wedding and June for a birthday. More than I could ask or imagine.
We packed all the life and fun and togetherness in that we could.
But I want to end this journey through Lent as we began so I will turn the last few thoughts of this to the first Resurrection Sunday.
All four Gospels spill out the details as if they were telling it for the very first time.
To the hardened, cynical eye it may sound like they are telling conflicting stories, but this is not the case.
Just as each one of us here in my family could give you the story of the events of today as we visited a zoo, children’s museum, ate various meals and hopped in and out of cars, our stories would be all true…but from different perspectives and angles. The details would be inconsistent from one to the next.
The one thing we can definitely know is that the grave is empty.
Jesus is alive and he didn’t look like something that crawled off the set of the Night of the Living Dead.
He still bore the marks of crucifixion in his hands, feet and side but He was healed from the other wounds inflicted on Him.
No scars from the crown of thorns…no scabs from the scourging…no bruises from the beating.
Just Him…alive and triumphant, but always and forever bearing the proof that our sins were nailed to the cross forever.
Paid in full.
He is Risen….
He is Risen indeed <3
- Matthew 28: 1-15
- Mark 16: 1-11
- Luke 24:1-33
- John 20: 1- 23