A celebration is planned…

The guest list is complete.

Dad and Mom, Len and Marcia, Olivia, Noah, Sonta, Jean Marc, Nick, Jonna, Andrew, Ryan, Arlene, Dan, Janneke, Henry, Anne, Karolyn, Ellie, Suzi, Andy, Peter, Isaiah, Johanna, Aunt Dot, Aunt Anita, Uncle Bob, Hermie, Aunt Wilma, Uncle Adrian and Mike. Including me, there will be 32 people at Easter dinner for a full sit down meal. We will begin with coffee and treats, move to a glass of wine and some herring and crackers and cheese, and for dinner we will have two kinds of meats, sweet potatoes and cheesy potatoes, two salad options, cabbage, asparagus and corn, French silk pie, apple pie cake and eclair dessert. The food will be plentiful and the company delightful. The noise levels will be high at times but there will be silence when we offer Grace and the harmony will be beautiful when we close with singing Step by Step and Alleluia…

We will then have a hunt where the kids are teamed in groups of two and they will work together to find 30 pieces of candy hidden throughout the house. Some will find Jolly Ranchers while another team is searching for Laffy Taffy. It will be a fun challenge but in the end they know their prize will be waiting for them by Papa and he will tease them a bit and give it to them just because of who they are, not based on if they found all their candy!

And at the end of the day, we will be full and happy and maybe a bit tired….

And as the day draws to a close, the reason for our celebration remains. Christ’s resurrection is what draws us and what unites us. We will all return to our activities for the week and live out our day-to-day lives, but the invitation to live in relationship with Christ will remain with each of us every day!

My parents have modeled to us that we are given much and have much to share. It feels right that the table is a wonderful mix of family and friends. Thank you to my Dad and Mom for teaching us the importance of celebrating and opening our hearts and homes…

Happy Easter….may it be a day of celebration and a year of continued discovery ~ discovering more every day what it means to live in a deep friendship with the Jesus who died for our sins and rose from the dead to live in relationship with us!

Hallelujah what a Savior!

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