Normally I feature a piece of Paul’s wonderful art each day, but today I’m displaying some of mine. My talents lean in a slightly different direction, but my heart is in the right place. These eggs are going to our fellowship gathering tomorrow along with some not so healthy treats.
I attend a small country church which puts on a pretty spectacular spread every Sunday before, between and after services. We take turns doing this. It has resulted in my gaining ten more unwanted pounds to my girth. Still, this is a great time of fellowship and sharing with each other.
It got me to thinking about preparation for Easter. We only have one more week until Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time. He would be hailed as King of the Jews. During His final week on earth, He prepared His disciples for what was about to happen and why it was necessary. Soon our time of Lent will be over and we move into Holy Week. The characters who played part in that most amazing piece of history and Divine intervention will be discussed in church services across the country.
Easter is one of the most attended church services throughout the year. The world also has its own interpretation of what this holiday is all about. Chocolate comes in the form of bunnies and eggs. Jelly beans stick to your dentures. Sugary Peeps will turn hard in a week and taste much better then. Easter eggs will be consumed. Ham or turkey will grace our tables, along with special accoutrements which aren’t normally consumed. Pies will be baked or purchased. Hot cross buns and coconut covered Easter bunny cakes will pop up for dessert. We’ll hide plastic eggs filled with money or jelly beans and find the missing one in a few months. New clothing will be purchased at high prices – it will be worn once. It’s another consumer holiday which beckons greeting cards and gifts. Unfortunately, the true reason this holiday is so special to Christians, has been lost in the clutter.
We’re still in the season of Lent. This is time spent in self evaluation, repentance, prayer and contemplation. We’re spending time in the desert – the wilderness – the quiet, peaceful place where we can focus on what God has so willingly done for us. We look inward at our failure to do what is right. We see our sins and our need for a Savior. We wonder how we could ever meet God’s expectations and realize that the price has already been paid – not by us, but by our Heavenly Father.
Beautiful spring flowers will adorn our homes and churches. Pastel Hydrangeas, tulips, daffodils and Lilies will open our eyes to a new season of life. For these final days of Lent, let’s take a look at the One who created those blooms. Let’s open all our senses to the glory of God and what He accomplished through His Son. He redeemed all of us – every one.