Today I was rereading a post I wrote in 2013 during Easter weekend. I read it and smile as I remember Johanna’s proclamation of excellent news! Following the post, you will see how this same dear child, now 8.5 years old reminds me again of all that is good!
These were the words echoed often from the back seat of the Van by my 3-year-old niece as we traveled this past week….
There is just something about a 3-year-old’s voice…
Her excellent news was always about how we were almost there….
Her words were often sparked because she could see the flag on the GPS indicating our destination was close…
Almost to Missouri…Almost to the Cave…Almost to the Train ride…
I hope to carry her sweet voice in my memory for a long time to come….
I thought of it on the way home from Church last night….
As I reflected on Christ’s death, I was thankful that my faith story does not end with Jesus death on a cross….
The cross reminds me that I also have excellent news…..
May I share it with the same energy, happiness, and innocence until I too arrive home…..♥
Today this same child brought my eyes to the true meaning of Easter again. As we sat in Church and my mind felt full and my heart tender and my concentration short, Johanna said Aunt Trish, look, we are going to sing my favorite song.
In Christ Alone began to play, and I could feel her heart swell. The clarity of her words and the sweetness of her tone invited me to join her in the proclamation of what is true about Easter. For those few moments, my heart felt fully engaged with the beautiful truths that are echoed in this song. As I joined Johanna at this moment, I could feel the power of the resurrection. I could feel the flood of hope, I could rest in all I know to be true. The song quickly came to an end, but the truth’s remain!
Grateful tonight for the truth in these words!
There in the ground, His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave, He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His, and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
Happy Easter to one and all. It may be the end of the celebration of Easter Sunday, but we can celebrate this miracle every single day!