Today we celebrate and mourn one of the most glorious, frightening, and beautiful events in history, the death of Jesus Christ our King. This week has been full of emotion as I've studied and prayed over the last few days of Jesus' life. The story never seems to get easier to read as scripture describes His brutal death on the cross, yet each time I read it, my heart swells with so much joy. My sins, hanging there on Jesus' bloody, slowly dying body, and I sit here spotless, blameless, and accepted.
This year, Jon participated in a church wide fast that ended last night with our missional community group and although I kept my body nourished (being pregnant and still being sick, I really couldn't participate), I felt humbled watching my husband and friends abstain from food. Jon was worried that he'd be cranky during a lunch meeting yesterday yet by the providence of God, his meeting pushed to next week. God sure does take care of His children. Jon is hypoglycemic and usually can't go more than 2 or so hours without food to regulate his sugar and I am so proud of him for making it. Sounds silly but I know I'd be super cranky and complain. I called Jon at lunch and he had just finished watching The Passion and said that food and drink was no longer a want after watching Christs' suffering. As Christians, fasting is meant to remove all distractions and idols of food and drink to focus on God and prayer.
The first time I felt our son move was during worship at church....
From the cross, from the grave, You rose victoriously
Son of God, King of Love, You reign victoriously
Some vintage Easter pics...
Jon and I are heading to the lake for the weekend this morning and really looking forward to getting away. Today is the last day of the quarter for Jon so he needs some relaxation (and this belly needs some sun!). If you are looking for a place to celebrate the beautiful Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, I invite you to the Frank Erwin Center with The Austin Stone at 10:30am. We'll be there!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.-John 3:16