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Faith & values

April 17, 2014

Celebrating our risen, reigning Lord

I suspect most of us have certain memories of Easter. I, too, recall these special Sundays when an aura of joy and excitement came with the dawn of resurrection day.

Of course, as a child, I looked forward to the basket of candies and eggs left by the Easter Bunny. I recognized some of the eggs because I helped my mother dye them the day before they arrived. On Sunday afternoon, we would take turns hiding the eggs in the backyard and then enjoy hunting them.

Mother and dad always made sure we had something new to wear to Sunday school and church. My sisters looked so pretty in their spring pastel dresses. My brother and I usually had new shoes or jackets to complete our outfits. In retrospect, I don’t think my parents always had new clothes, but they wanted us to look our best.

Arriving at church was a delightful experience. Amazingly, people we seldom saw appeared. The sanctuary was packed and chairs were placed in the aisles to accommodate the crowd. The choir was full as they sang the traditional songs of Easter and the congregation joined in singing, “He Lives,” at the top of our voices.

The minister, who happened to be my father, shared the Gospel message  of Jesus’ triumph over death. In my heart, I felt a wonderful peace as I listened to God’s truth about the victory celebrated on Easter day.

It is worth remembering that we Christians worship on the first day of the week, because that is the day Christ came alive forevermore. Paul said, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (I Corinthians 15:17). He continued by affirming, “But now is Christ risen from the dead . . .” (I Corinthians 15:20a).

There may be many remembrances of Easter, but the greatest truth of history is celebrated expressing our faith in the risen, reigning Lord.

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