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Monday, April 5, 2010

Resurrection Day

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Yesterday I realized that it's been three years since I had a "family" Resurrection Day celebration (I refuse to call it "Easter.") Two years ago, I learned my daughter had died during Passion Week. Mom and I cried and held each other all through worship that Sunday. A year ago, Mom had already moved to Oklahoma while I was still in Colorado. Huh. My son, a Messianic who celebrates Jewish festivals, doesn't celebrate Resurrection Day.

Did I feel sad? Not at all. I joined with the host of people crowding our sanctuary and rejoiced in my living Savior.

And God gave our church something unique: a pair of nesting geese--with four eggs by the bushes right beside the front door! (I may to rethink my reaction to Easter eggs, since God sent us four real ones!) The poor Papa and Mama Geese were very stressed at having so many potential threats to their offspring milling around.

Eggs are about more than fertility. They celebrate the new life possible because He lives! Life eternal, different both in kind in duration, from the life we have at birth.



LaTawnia said...

Hi Darlene, I just wanted to Amen that He Lives! The members of the little church I attended in Arizona always say, Happy Resurrection Day, instead of Happy Easter. I tend to like that better. It is a good reminder of why we Christians celebrate this awesome day. Our Christ rose from the grave and conquered death. "O Death where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"

Darlene Franklin said...

Amen, LaTawnia!

Jackie Smith said...

Darlene, I am so glad you had a Happy Resurrection Day. You have known lots of sad times, and I am glad you are having happier days.

Darlene Franklin said...

Thanks, Jackie! God is good!

Patti Shene said...

Darlene, I did not realize two whole years have passed since your daughter's passing. I know you have been through so many difficult times and I admire your ability to continue to find joy and to be such a productive writer.

This is a great time of year and we as Christians are so blessed to be able to claim victory over death through Christ's resurrection!

Amy Deardon said...

Darlene, I remember reading about Jolene, and being so moved by your brave posts. I'm sorry to hear about your mother also. Happy Resurrection Day, every day! These are hard things, but you are such an inspiration. Thank you.

Tanya Hanson said...

Beautiful post, Darlene. He is risen indeed! oxoxox

I love the story of the geese. If you have a chance, google Eagle Cam Channel Islands, and you can see a constant video stream of two brand-new bald eagle babies and their doting mommy.

I hope your happy memories comfort you.