Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter


Oh, my friends, I hope that today is filled with blessing for you. I pray that you can gather with others and hear the blessed words, "He is risen!"

But I know that this day may not bring that opportunity. You may be at home with a sick child. You may be ill yourself. You might be in a hospital room, either attending a patient or the patient yourself. You may be holding the hand of a precious loved one as they breathe their last. You might even now be weeping at the death of one of your nearest and dearest.

Wherever you are, take heart. Death has been defeated.


The tomb was empty.

Because Jesus rose from the dead, we will rise.

Because Jesus defeated death, death will not have the final say in our lives.

Wherever you are today, whatever your circumstances, this is the truth. Jesus died and rose again. As final as it seems to us, death will not have the final say. "Oh death, where is your victory? Oh grave, where is your sting? (I Corinthians 15:55).

May you be inspired as I was by reading the words to this old hymn.

We saw Thee not when Thou didst come
To this poor world of sin and death;
Nor yet beheld Thy cottage home,
In that despised Nazareth.
But we believe Thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.
But we believe Thy footsteps trod
Its streets and plains, Thou Son of God.

We did not see Thee lifted high,
Amid that wild and savage crew;
Nor heard Thy meek, imploring cry,
“Forgive, they know not what they do!”
Yet we believe the deed was done,
That shook the earth and veiled the sun.
But we believe the deed was done,
Which shook the earth and veiled the sun.

We stood not by the empty tomb,
Where late Thy sacred body lay;
Nor sat within that upper room,
Nor met Thee on the open way.
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”
But we believe that angels said,
“Why seek the living with the dead?”

We did not mark the chosen few,
When Thou didst through the clouds ascend,
First lift to Heaven their wondering view,
Then to the earth all prostrate bend;
But we believe that mortal eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies;
But we believe that mortal eyes
Beheld that journey to the skies.

And now that Thou dost reign on high,
And thence Thy waiting people bless,
No ray of glory from the sky
Doth shine upon our wilderness;
But we believe Thy faithful Word,
And trust in our redeeming Lord;
But we believe Thy faithful Word,
And trust in our redeeming Lord.

                                                  --Anne Richter and John Gurney


He is risen indeed!

11 comments:

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

Thank you so much for sharing the true meaning of Easter.

Pam @ Biscuits & Burlap said...

A lovely post and reminder for us all.

Carol (" Mimi") Benton said...

Now that it's Easter Monday -- Keep the spirit of Easter alive throughout the year -- rebirth, redemption, and everlasting life.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What a lovely post! Death truly has been defeated! Happy Easter! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Patti Estep said...

Such a special day indeed! Happy Easter!

Janet Coon said...

Hope you had a lovely Easter!

Maria Brittis said...

So beautiful! Hope you had a good Easter. Thanks Maria

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Just as meaningful the day after Easter (today), as the day of Easter (yesterday). I wholeheartedly agree with you. He is risen!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Happy Easter hope it was great!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Easter is such an amazing gift to all of us, isn't it? Saved by grace. He is risen!

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