Easter Thoughts

I’m finishing up my entry for Ali’s Kit of the Month with Lisa Bearnson. It is SO cute. It has Ali written all over it - that easy chic, gorgeous colors, fun to customize to make your own. Should be up on the 23rd for purchase. I think it’s worth it. :)

Today. Ah. I love Easter. Love it even more now that I have a couple of kids to love it with. Easter egg hunting in the backyard was priceless. Watching the kids fill up their baskets with bright eggs containing little candies and coins, watching them examine all the little goodies in their Easter baskets (new sand buckets, new sidewalk chalk, new Play-doh), and then playing with Easter Play-doh at the table for an hour today. Rowen rolled and cut and stacked “biscuits”. Elliott was enchanted by the little spaghetti noodle maker (‘oo-dohs), and made his own meatballs to go with. It was awesome.

And I love Easter for the real reason, of course. The biggest promise of all. The reason why Christians everywhere sang songs today something like this, written by Charles Wesley:

1.	Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia! 
Sons of men and angels sing, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!

2. Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the victory won, Alleluia!
Jesus' agony is o'er, Alleluia!
Darkness veils the earth no more, Alleluia!

3. Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

4. Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

5. Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

6. King of glory, soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia

This text (which I Googled, of course) is actually longer than the one in the LDS hymnbook , it is cool to read the rest of the verses, and the changes from the original (which are minor).

My favorite part is probably this:

Where, O death, is now thy sting? . . .
Where thy victory, O grave?

Which is taken from a verse in the New Testament, and paralells this from the Book of Mormon:

7 And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no asting, there could have been no resurrection.

8 But there is a aresurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of bdeath is swallowed up in Christ.

9 He is the alight and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. (Mosiah 16:7-9)

And in fact, this is pretty much the message of all the scriptures, right? One of the two main purposes for the life of Christ. To do for us what would be impossible for us to do, and to give that (at least the resurrection part) away for free.

The promise of Christianity is astounding. That we should believe and know that death does not end life. AND that this is a free gift to all, no matter whether you believe it or not. Amazing. Humbling. Death loses its sting because of Love - and the greatest sacrifice in the universe. We will meet our loved ones again (parents, grandparents, children) on some bright day, because of Love. We ourselves are not lost, because of Love. What a promise. What a gift.

Alleluia, indeed!

Whatever your personal leanings, I hope your Easter Sunday was filled with joy and peace and family, and maybe a little laughter and ham (anyone know where the whole ham tradition came from, anyway?). See you tomorrow. :)


p.s. On Friday night I posted a 10-happy-things challenge. I’ll draw for that at 9 p.m. EST Tomorrow (Monday) night - still plenty of time to post to that entry when you’re done, and I’ll draw a couple of RAKs. :)