Images of Christ by Carl Bloch from the Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark. My favorite collection of religious art.
In the LDS Church, there are no preachers. Every Sunday a few members of the congregation prepare messages to share. We rotate. This Easter Sunday, we had a beautiful meeting, full of the joy of the Easter season. One man who spoke had accepted the speaking assignment a few weeks ago, before he knew that his father was ill. Last week his father passed away. The funeral was on Friday. He still gave his message on Sunday. His words were so poignant, speaking about the resurrection of Christ in the wake of his father’s passing. He shared these words from a Hymn:
Reverently and meekly now,
Let thy head most humbly bow.
Think of me, thou ransomed one;
Think what I for thee have done.
With my blood that dripped like rain,
Sweat in agony of pain,
With my body on the tree
I have ransomed even thee.
Bid thine heart all strife to cease;
With thy brethren be at peace.
Oh, forgive as thou wouldst be
E’en forgiven now by me.
In the solemn faith of prayer
Cast upon me all thy care,
And my Spirit’s grace shall be
Like a fountain unto thee.
At the throne I intercede;
For thee ever do I plead.
I have loved thee as thy friend,
With a love that cannot end.
Be obedient, I implore,
Prayerful, watchful evermore,
And be constant unto me,
That thy Savior I may be.
This is my favorite time of year. I feel like nature itself resonates with the hope of Christ. Like the words of Charles Kingsley; See the Land Her Easter keeping, rises as Her Master rose. Seeds so long in darkness sleeping, burst at last from Winter snows.
Spring reminds me of the hope of Christ. Hope for renewal, a new heart, more gentle hands, a tongue that is more kind, a fresh start. That is the message of the Savior in a nutshell, isn’t it? He offers us another chance to make ourselves who we want to be. I feel like life collects on you, dusty and thick. Christ offers us each the chance to learn from life, make mistakes, choose that good path, and, through Him, find healing along the way. Like the symbolic washing of the dust from His Disciples feet before the Last Supper, He can cleanse our hearts. That is my simple testimony of Him.
Hope you have a Wonderful Easter full of faith and family.
Some fun Easter details from our family celebration:
Happy Easter to all.