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The Best Easter Ever Is Today

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Maureen Pratt Author PicOh, no, you might be thinking. Isn’t she a week or so off? Didn’t Easter already happen? Is she calendar-challenged?

Not at all! I know that April 20 was Easter Sunday. But the best Easter is today. And tomorrow. And the next day.

The best Easter happens everyday when we remember that Jesus, God’s only Son, lived on earth, died, and rose again. Easter happens when we recall God’s amazing love for us, His forgiveness, His Salvation, and His promise of Life Eternal. Yes, that’s when Easter happens – in our hearts – and it’s the best!

We might run out of chocolate bunnies (oh, no!), and we might have to wait until next Easter Sunday to belt out, “Hallelujah!”, but we don’t have to leave the essence of Easter behind.

We’ll never run out of God’s love. We’ll always have something to sing about.

And we’ll have the Best Easter Ever every single day we look to our Savior and let Him lead us on.

Blessings, all!

Maureen

Sick People Are Easter People, Too!

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Maureen Pratt Author PicOh, my but some people have low expectations of us. They think that because we’re sick or in pain, we have to go around looking like we feel. Or, they hesitate to include us in enjoyable activities or allow us to be part of church services, sometimes, because they think it will be “too much” for us because of our disability, infirmity, or age. Yes, some people think that sick or older people are good for only being…sick or old, which can certainly risk cramping our style.

But, we sick people are Easter people! We have the light of Christ within us and it wants to shine, not only in places where there is sickness, but everywhere we can possibly go.  Outside, inside, among strangers, with friends.

Yes, we are intended for greater things that being the subject of pitying stares or embarrassed glances.  But it can be hard to think so in the face of some others’ expectations.

This Easter Season poses a perfect opportunity to dust off our Easter People appearance, to put on compassion, encouragement, peace, joy, and all of the positive attributes that are Easter itself. Today and throughout is an ideal time to act like Easter People in the face of any naysayers, to show them by our actions and our words that we are active, working in the vineyard, and want to be and remain firmly among others who do the same, working in whatever ministry God has put on our hearts to have.

We are never too sick, old, infirm, or in pain to be active parts of the Christian community. And as we disspell misunderstandings and rise above the low expectations, we, even more, can be grateful and glad that, yes, we are Easter People, too!

A Prayer for Stewards of the Earth

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Image courtesy of bigjom/FreeDigitalPhotos.n

Heavenly Father, the earth is Your creation,

beautiful, vast, teeming with life, and constantly moving.

We treasure this place, we are in awe of it,

we find shelter here, and all that can sustain us.

Help us, Lord, to know how best to care for Your earth.

Give us guidance and wisdom

so that we may respect, tend, and nurture

Your Earth.

And make us good stewards so that

the next generation and the next

                                                                          will also, here, find home.

Easter Monday: What Next?

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Photo courtesy of koratmember/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

A hoarse voice from all that praiseful singing, a stray foil wrapper without the chocolate egg, hosiery with the beginning of a run, achy joints from wearing Sunday-best shoes a little too long…

It’s Easter Monday, and we’ve celebrated the Resurrection with all our heart.

What next?

The build up to Easter is particularly emotional – especially if you participate in Palm/Passion Sunday and Good Friday “the big day.” Listening to the words of the Gospels is hard, and gets harder each year. How awful that Jesus had to go through all that. How terrible it is to listen to how He suffered.

But, Easter makes up for all of that. What amazing love and joy! What a marvel! What a great time to be a Christian.

The letdown can be tough, especially if you have a chronic illness and pain. Something about celebrating Easter takes the edge off of the health burdens for me. Light steps in, those creaks and aches are pushed far in the back of my sensibilities.

But then, it’s Easter Monday.

One way to handle the letdown is to remember. As we pick up the remnants of celebration, we remember the fun. As we put away the dishes, we remember the warmth of family. As we discard that pair of hosiery and try to stretch out our achy muscles, we remember the motion, the activity, the way we put our faith into a celebratory mode. These are sure to bring a smile to my face.

And, we can do more than just remember. We can revisit the Gospels, retell the story, spread the Word – Jesus is Risen!

Easter does us no good if it’s only one day a year. And, thankfully, Our Lord knows that.

His Salvation is for all people, at all times.

His love never ends!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

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