Easter 2016

I’ve always liked Easter. As a girl I liked Easter egg hunts at our church the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter. Then on Easter morning I remember waking up excitedly to see what the Easter bunny (my mom – thanks mom!) had brought me. I loved the shiny green grass with jelly beans hidden in it, fun little toys, books, cassette tapes. As an adult Easter grew in meaning that Jesus really did die as an atoning sacrifice for everyone’s sin, past, present and future. I was in involved in Bible studies and I prayed. However its like my faith in what God really did for me, for you, for all of us didn’t hold the weight that it does now that Max is in heaven with Jesus. Having someone I desperately love and miss in an aching way gives God’s plan so much more weight and importance beyond measure. I remember at Max’s dedication getting choked up realizing that he was really on loan to us, that he was a gift from God and that we were chosen to be his parents – that we got to have him and how special that was. But I never thought that God would allow him to leave us when he was three years and 7 days old to go be with Jesus. So Easter is a big deal.

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

By: Latin carol, 14th cent.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

Hymn # 127 from Lutheran Worship
Author: Lyra Davidica
Tune: Easter Hymn
1st Published in: 1708