Let's begin with the facts. Yesterday was Easter Sunday, the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. We the family cleaned up pretty good:
Mimi, my husband's mom, came for a visit and I think she enjoyed the time with her nearly grown grandsons:
Our church celebration began with a thought-provoking discussion in Sunday school led by my favorite Sunday school teacher. In our corporate worship we joyfully sang songs that spoke of our living Lord. We also heard testimonies of three prospective church members and praised the Lord as we witnessed four baptisms--in a horse trough!
After the church service we hosted Easter dinner for several of our friends who, like us, haven't family close by. Good food, good conversation, good fellowship, a couple of egg hunts and several games of Baggo marked our afternoon.
Those are the facts of our day. What I struggle to tell you is how full my heart is and how grateful I am. I can't describe to you the sadness mixed with wonder as we heard the faithful testimony of a young couple determined to trust in the goodness of the Lord despite losing their baby nor of the tears we shed as a grown man entered the baptismal trough after testifying of the power of Christ to save the most desperate of sinners. We all cried as well, I think, as a dad baptized his boy, proclaiming the joy of knowing him as a son but the even greater joy of knowing him as a brother in Christ. Spending the afternoon with friends and fellow believers was yet another sort of grace granted to us yesterday. Though I missed being with my parents and sister and brother and their families, very much so, surely among the Lord's greatest blessings is the closeness of fellowship and community that exists between believers! All in all, it was the kind of day so full of the goodness of the Lord that the keyboard and blogger are rendered inadequate to describe it.
See, I told you: words fail. I've typed and re-typed that paragraph and, still, I can't convey to you the glory of the Lord that shone 'round about us yesterday. It was a glorious, beautiful day full of boasting in the cross of our Lord and rejoicing in the blessings that are ours because of Christ. What joy is ours because of Jesus! He is Life, the indescribable Gift of God! May you also taste and see that the Lord is good and find in Him joy everlasting!