I have been a Christian for a long time. Many years. Easter Day on our calendar really is just another day to me, with my savior no more alive on that day than the day before... We have some family traditions that my youngest still likes to practice from year to year.
My son married into a religion and family where they do not do as we have done. Their premise is that Easter is rooted in pagan religion (the melding of pagan with Christianity) and I am aware that the exact DAY is of man's designation, and historically probably has nothing to do with the exact time of Christ's resurrection, and so........
As a blogger, I just didn't have an "Easter message," like so many others.......... until church today.
Our pastor preached a Bible based, Christ centered message, and it was powerful.
But even his sermon did not give me my "blog message."
My "blog message," came from what I saw.
What I saw at church today gave me a new passion and a new reason to rejoice about this Christian holiday with both pagan and Christian roots...
Never again will I be shy to boldly celebrate this day (regardless of it's roots that are not all perfect and pure, though my savior was and is...). From now on I celebrate because while people complain (including myself) about "commercialism," I have to think that it is the "commercialism," of stores in America that kept Easter on the brain of ALL the visitors that were at my church today!
Usually we are maybe 50% full and today it was WONDERFUL because we were real close to 100% full....every seat, and my row, my pew, we scooted over twice to make room, FILL the seats, and the guy behind us (a regular) got up, gave his seat up for three twenty-something young men who came in late, so that they could sit together.
I don't care if they came in late! I don't hold it against them for not coming more..... I want to LOVE on them all. I prayed for God to move hearts, change lives........
I have a regretful memory as a teen, of a preacher at "my church" (not the one I go to now) where he complained about, "the people that only go to church on Easter and Christmas."
Rather than judging and feeling "better than,"...please please please be ready to LOVE with a fraction of what Jesus brought and shared, and gave on the cross, because He wanted to save us. He loved us, and wanted to pay the price, so that we COULD be saved from our sinful state doomed to hell.
Honestly, more do not come more often, because the rest of us regulars are so busy enjoying our own comfortable life, that we are not out ministering to others outside of our close, tight comfy little circle. PRAISE God when any circumstance brings people to a church meeting where His word will be heard!!
From now on I will relish that in this holiday that some won't celebrate because of its unholy or pagan threads woven into the cloth we have today, I will celebrate knowing that this day......more come to church. More will hear. Tiny seeds will be planted,and God can grow something beautiful and magnificent from that tiny seed.
We have much to do sisters.
Much loving. Much studying. Much serving.
May we always be ready to LOVE. Love above judge, lest we be a stumbling block to someone less knowledgeable and full of faith.
Lord, thank you for JESUS, the work He willingly did for us. I thank you today, and everyday, for His life, sacrifice, and resurrection. I thank you for Your faithfulness, love, mercy and grace.
I pray Father, that because of the work of your Holy Spirit in my heart, I will be ready always, to love, study, serve, and never self righteously judge.
I pray for your will to be done on earth, as in Heaven. All glory and honor to You. In Jesus's name I pray, AMEN
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