Friday, April 18, 2014

Rethinking Easter

Last year our family spent Holy Week in Guatemala.  There were no Easter bunnies, baskets, eggs or candy.  It was the best Easter that I've ever experienced.  Every day there were alfombras (sawdust and flower carpets) lovingly crafted in the streets.  In the afternoons and evenings processions would wind through the town to celebrate each day of Holy Week.  We celebrated Jesus, his death, and his resurrection. 

Without the events of Good Friday, there would be no Easter.  Without Jesus' painful death on the cross, there would be no resurrection celebration or assurance of eternal salvation.  Today, we celebrated the gift that we were given when Jesus died for us all on the cross.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."  Isaiah 53:6

Please enjoy the work of many hands, little and big, in honor of Jesus' death this Good Friday.

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