Special Easter Memory
It was Easter 1991 and it had been a rough winter for many in our area and throughout the country. Many in our little town of
were ready for spring. In my family there had been many struggles—physical and
mental and returning from Germany where my husband I were on military tour for
almost five years, my husband and I were ready for civilian life, settling down
and looking for other employment. As some will attest to, winters in Ohio can be
rough, with many hours of darkness and winter weather—a challenge and always
unpredictable. Many of us in Germany
at that time suffered from depression and loneliness and with Desert Storm
always on the horizon, we were often anxious and filled with fear. We missed
our families back home but we pulled together and the camaraderie helped bring
us through the many fearful days. Germany
And so in 1991 my husband and I had only been back from
about a year and were still adjusting to
being home. We soon found ourselves a nice apartment and we began to
incorporate ourselves back into our normal lives. We were; however, struggling
with financial concerns and the various emotions we had in Germany often gave us nightmares
and adjustment problems that sometimes startled and interrupted our lives and
adjustments in being home. Germany
Anyway, that Easter we decided that we would take my mom and dad to an Easter Sunday service. It was good to be with them again and we were looking forward to all of us taking communion together. We picked my mom and dad up early that morning and when we arrived, we saw the church was overflowing with people. Everyone was dressed in their Sunday best and there was a wonderful and jubilant feeling of Christ’s resurrection.
The service was wonderful and all during the service I looked at my mom and dad and felt so happy to be with them once again. My parents at that time were struggling with several health issues at the time. My dad was struggling with skin concerns and finding out that he had benign leukemia. My mom was struggling with anxiety and phobia attacks. But, looking back, they looked hopeful and happy that day and that made me feel good.
I looked over at my husband, a man who worked so hard in
his life—military and civilian. He no longer had that youthful look; he looked
tired and worn out. And, to be sure, so did I. But, during the service I could see a look
of refreshment on his face and seeing him look renewed and happy, made me feel renewed and happy, too. Once
we all received the sacraments of the Holy Communion, we all felt a wonderful
feeling of forgiveness, hope and joy. It would be the last time we would be together in church like that, and that is why I treasure that moment in time. Germany
At the end of the service, we began walking out of the church. We shook hands with the priest and as we stepped outside a shower of snow began to fall. The snow came down in large fluffy flakes and it was an awesome sight, to put it mildly. The snow was totally unexpected because the sun had been shinning all morning and the temperature was above freezing—around 40 degrees. It had to be one of the most unexpected, beautiful and refreshing sights I had ever seen! Those beautiful flakes of snow added even more glory and blessing to the day. And, the snow added to the beauty, purity and meaning of the day. What is most blessed and pure than our Lord Jesus Christ?!
And, so I say to you, no matter what you've been through, no matter how discouraged or tired you are, no matter how uncertain the future may look for you; there is one truth and one hope that will see you through and that is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His life is not fable or fiction, but truth and light. Death has no hold on you or me because Jesus has overcome death, has overcome sin and evil and is the one, true hope of everyone who believes and trusts in Him!
Copyright Toni Star 2015
I chose this picture because it represents to me what it might look like moments before Christ returns. First the cloud and some light and then a brightness that is stunning and beautiful.
I would like to add a few words from an article I read by Colin Smith titled, 6 Ways Jesus Experienced Hell When he was on the Cross. Those 6 ways were: He was in conscious suffering, He was in blackest darkness, He was surrounded by demonic powers, He was bearing "our" sin, He was under judgment and He was separated from the knowledge of God's love of God. Read more of this article on http://www.biblestudytools.com/nlt/passage/?q=romans+3:25;+romans+3:1
I would also like to add one more note on this Easter Sunday. My husband and I have a clear glass cross that sits on our coffee table. As I looked at the cross this morning two things came to mind. One, the cross that Jesus was placed, it was made of wood and his blood was spilt for all of mankind. It was a rugged looking cross and on it all of the sins of mankind were placed on it. In contrast, a glass cross is pure and full of light and actually, that is what Christ did at the cross. He blocked out--obliterated--all of our sins and transformed that old wooden cross and our sins into a beautiful and clear cross. That cross is no longer ugly, sinful and bloody but a cross that is pure and holy.
God Bless everyone on this Easter and every day hereafter!