Easter is an alleluia day
Thank you, Lord, for the Easter sun that rises in the hearts of men and women.
Easter Blessings to you all my friends…..
For me the title of this post says it all. Easter and the blessings contained therein fills my heart with an abundance of hope. Hope that endings lead to new beginnings, hope in the possibilities of new life and in life in general. Hope that our troubled world can yet be made new and shiny and bright and most of all better. Is that a bit Pollyanna- ish….perhaps but mostly its an embracing of joy and thankfulness for God’s love and mercy. And a trust that walking out of darkness into light is not only possible but a concrete reality waiting to be grasped. As the Israelites discovered during a time of plagues followed by Passover followed by freedom the road was not easy or short but it was a road of concrete reality filled with miracles and guided by the hand of God. So today we are shown our own new path strewn with miracles large and small and the love of God who set it all in motion. And all we have to do is step out in faith and grasp the reality.
Easter has always been a special time for me and in particular the celebrations of Holy Saturday. In the Catholic Church it is the beginning of a new Season and a new cycle and as with all new beginnings we begin in darkness. Then with song and prayer a new fire is lit. No matches or other modern conveniences but instead the basics of creating a spark to light that new fire. From that one spark the church is gradually lit as the candles held in each hand are light one by one from that first new fire. The Paschal Candle (sometimes known as the Christ Candle) is also lit at this time. This large candle will then be used throughout the year for baptisms and funerals and other liturgical occasions. The flame of the Paschal candle symbolizing Christ as light of the world and his presence in the midst of his people. The term “Paschal” comes from the word Pesach, which in Hebrew means Passover. The tall white candle in many ways signifies the Divine pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that lead the Israelites in their Exodus from slavery in Egypt. A series of prayers is then followed by a series of readings and songs that connect us to our Judaic past and lead us into the fulfillment of God’s covenant in Jesus Christ and his resurrection. For me this service is truly that first Easter. As we go from the tomb to the reality of the resurrection. From death into life. For me the ancient traditions and ceremony of the Vigil service bring home the deepest meanings of Easter as well as connecting me to those who have gone before and those who will come after me. The physical reality of going from darkness into light adds layers of meaning and a concrete reality I find harder to connect to in the later Easter Sunday service held only in daylight. More than any other time of the year I feel in this night the entire body of Christians living and gone on ahead celebrating and thanking God for the gift of his Son. A truly wonderous sense of unity and gratitude and perfect joy. A foretaste of Heaven if you will. My prayer for you this day is that you experience a taste of that same Abundant Hope and Joy.
Happy Easter Everyone!
Oh and here’s one of the many cards I have been sending out to celebrate this Season of Easter. Yup…Season…as with so many things we Catholics like to party on and Easter for us continues right on through to Pentecost! So expect to be seeing a few Easter Cards between now and then – LoL!
One of the simplest of the cards….
Stamps: Abundant Hope (Occasions mini)
Paper: Kraft, Naturals White, Soft Suede Cardstock
Ink: Bravo Burgandy (texts and scrolls only)
Other: 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, Big Shot, Lattice Bigz die, Scallop Trim border punch, Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen
The Daffodils were “dry” colored with Watercolor Pencils then gone back over with the blender pen. The rest is pretty self explanatory from the layout.
On another note my reality this day is that Sandycat is still with me for just a wee bit longer. I’m grateful that God has chosen to spare her for that bit longer. With some fluid infusions and medication the vet held out a slim hope that she might get better and that her liver might reverse the damage on its own. I’m still hoping for an Easter miracle though it’s less and less likely. I’m not sure why but losing her after Easter seems somehow better so I’m grateful for that small gift whatever comes. Thanks again for your love and prayers and shared caring. It’s meant a lot.
One final bit I thought I would share. This seems to be making its way around the web in many guises so thought I would share it too. Funny thing is that as you read it there are a number of different interpretations that can be made. Not too surprisingly I’ve discovered my mind immediately hit the gutter whenever possible….must be all those wild and wooly and just slightly bawdy stampers I hang out with – LoL! And of course you just knew I had to include a cat picture!
All I need to know
I learned from the Easter Bunny!
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
There’s no such thing as too much candy.
All work and no play can make you a basket case.
A cute tail attracts a lot of attention.
Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.
Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off of other people’s jelly beans.
Good things come in small, sugar coated packages.
The grass is always greener in someone else’s basket.
To show your true colors, you have to come out of the shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.
May the joy of the season fill your heart.
AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
Hugs and Blessings – Jean