Friday, April 6, 2012

What does Easter mean to you?




I have been thinking all week long about what my final post of the week would be...it is one of significance because it's Good Friday. This is one of the most important days in history, and yet most of the world clearly sees it as a day for bunnies, chicks, eggs and spring colors. Those things are beautiful and sweet for this time of year when trees are growing, flowers are blooming and nature comes back to life out of its sleep of winter. I have a holly tree in my yard with lots of bumble bees busy pollenating. They haven't bothered me and I have enjoyed watching their role in life. I also have a little cocoon hanging from a tree in my backyard. It is definitely a time of rebirth and reawakening...
which is why I'm not going to post great ideas of things to make or decorate or cook for Easter. That's not what Easter is about. Let me say now that this is a design blog, and I am straying away from that aspect right now to a bigger aspect: the design of life.
I scrolled through Pinterest earlier in the week and saw very little relating the the meaning of Easter until I found the sweet Grace Garden idea above. I absolutely love it. It's not an in-your-face blatant Christian piece. (I think people that need someone in their face about Christ are turned completely off by over the top "religious" things) This is a great way to put your hands in the dirt that God made and search for things in nature that He created to make your Grace Garden. If someone asks what it is, there is a perfect opportunity for you to tell the story of Easter:
Good Friday is a dark day. It was physically dark outside when Jesus was crucified. It was dark in the souls of those who were there to watch Him die, dark in those who sent Him to that death and even dark in those who were saddened beyond words. The day was good, eventually. It was good for us who are Christians because that means we can breathe a sigh of relief now. Our life does not end on this Earth. We have an infinite life beyond death thanks to this day over 2,000 years ago. Sorrows and trials we have gone through and will go through in our lifetimes will not have to be thought of again. Life will be completely alive forever. Why? Because that same man who was sent here as a baby, miraculously through a virgin, walked and talked among so many. He defied laws and set his own and spoke truth and love for a short time on Earth. He took the place of literally countless people and died an incredibly brutal death simply so that everyone that came after Him, loved him and followed Him would be able to live forever with Him.
I've been to mosques and temples where different people groups ritualistically go to worship their gods that are dead. There is emptiness in those beautifully adorned places. I've seen it and experienced it and one thing has always stuck with me: I'm so thankful that I worship One who has conquered death. I celebrate Easter because the Lord I worship is alive. That is something to seriously ponder...it's beyond capability of anyone to even fathom.
Pete Wilson, pastor of Crosspoint Community Church wrote in his blog what I think a lot of people need to hear. I encourage you to read it and just be quiet for a little while and think about this day. Think about what happened. Think about why it happened, because it was for you.

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