I'm writing daily this month on being interrupted by grace. Learn more and join in here.
Easter morning was fun and included a little bit of this:
And a little bit of that:
Then we left for church!
Brian was pretty distracting at the beginning of the service, but once I held him while we sang, he relaxed a little and tried to sing along with the joyous and triumphant music of Easter morning. Right at confession time, he asked me to take him to the nursery. I took my bulletin along and read the prayer and confessed my sins on the walk back from the nursery. (I probably missed some; I think I do every week!) When the sermon began I realized I didn't have a pen - I usually take notes - so I borrowed a pencil from a woman behind me. Colin promptly asked if I'd take Katherine, who he'd been holding the whole time, because she was making him hot. I took her and she started to fuss. I whisked her out of the service to a place where I couldn't quite hear the sermon ... so close, yet so far. She was happy laying on this little bench looking at herself in the mirror. She really need to catch a little nap, but every time I tried that she cried. It sure seems loud when it's your baby crying!
Needless to say, I missed most of the sermon. And I never used that pencil.
The gist was this, however:
Because Christ has died, Christ has risen, and Christ will come again, we can have hope.
This has become the bedrock of my life. So that even if I don't get to do church the way I'd like on Easter Sunday morning or if circumstances are not what I'd like them to be, I don't have to despair. Jesus, the same, yesterday, today, and forever, will always be my loving and consistent Lord, Savoir, Shepherd, and Friend.
It's all of God and it's awesome.
I do hope you had a blessed Easter and that, even if you were interrupted and it didn't go quite as you planned, you knew in your heart the joy of the hope that is offered in the death and resurrection of Christ. Our Lord is making all things new. Hallelujah!
We spent the evening with some friends, enjoying delicious food and wonderful fellowship. It was a good day and I'm thankful that we wake on Easter Monday and the Truth is still true, our sins can still be forgiven, and new life is still held out to those who will take hold of it.