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March 31, 2013 / Ingrid

Happy Easter! … He Has Risen!

He has risen…Risen, indeed!

Traditionally, Easter is a wonderful holiday, usually filled with an Easter egg hunt, baskets full sour candies ~ no chocolate bunnies in our home :-), small gifts and a family dinner.  As a mom, I’ve always enjoyed filling those baskets but this year was so different.

Last week, after flipping through the pages of the Walmart Easter ad’s my heart began to melt as I realized Jesse would not need a basket.  I could not stop the sadness, it overcame me and the flood gates opened.  I can now attest to the true meaning of heartache because at times my heart physically hurts so badly, it feels like it’s going to explode.  But then, after allowing and enduring that time of pain, I recover holding on to my blessing of Jesse’s precious memories and hope of eternal life with him.

Easter is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  The end of the story was not his heinous crucifixion or burial inside the rock tomb.  It is the day of new beginnings and hope…”He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” Matthew 28:6 (NLT)

Because Jesus died and has risen again, it means that we as believers do not have to be afraid of death.  As 1 Corinthians 15:20 reads, “But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again” (NLT).  Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice!  And because He, a sinless man, bore the cross and died for our sins, we may be saved and share eternal life with all believers. We will see Jesse…Jesus and many other loved ones again.  And for this, I am so thankful.

Happy Easter everyone!

Btw…don’t pick out & throw away the black jelly beans! They are my favorite 🙂

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  1. Donna Bryson / Mar 31 2013 6:14 pm

    Black jelly beans my favorite too…

    Happy Resurrection Day.

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  2. Liz Wilson / Mar 31 2013 7:26 pm

    Thank you, Ingrid, for setting the example of how to accept a wave of grief that grabs you unexpectedly, then reach out for the constancy of God’s presence by remembering all that Jesus has done for us. You’re a blessing!

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  3. Diane Snellenberger / Mar 31 2013 8:19 pm

    I know that physical hurt that puts you to your knees. It was when my grandma died. I felt such unbearable pain, but was so thankful for all the blessings of having her. We spent a lot of time together and I hold those times in a special place in my heart. I too, know that I will see her again along with mom, dad and many others in our family. I thank Jesus that He makes it possible. Black jelly beans are Gary’s favorite too. Happy Easter.

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  4. Macbeth / Mar 31 2013 8:55 pm

    I will forward the black jelly beans!

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  5. Leilani / Mar 31 2013 9:11 pm

    My dear friend, I’m sure today was hard without Jesse here on earth. I have thought of you and prayed for you all day. I wore the cross bracelet you got me remembering Jesus on the cross, and our week with you and Jesse. I love you and I’m so sorry you hurt so deeply. I’m sending you a big, warm hug.

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