Easter is fast approaching and with it comes an onslaught of memories.
In our church the opening song is always "Jesus Christ is Risen Today." Families carry flowers down the center aisle behind a large, commanding cross that demands the eye's attention. The tympani and brass instruments in combination with a band and thousands of joyful voices fill the space with hope. Little kids dance by their parents, feeling the unique exultation found on this day alone.
Growing up my dad was a big fan of this processional and whenever I looked over towards him I would see honest tears in his eyes. And, because he was so moved by it, it often meant staying for the beginning of another service. Not always super cool in the eyes of a young one but a gift as I look back on it today.
When I buried my father during my college years I was overwhelmed with sadness. Life as I knew it looked different, but my hope could not be buried because my father left a legacy of passion for the Easter service cross.
Today I anticipate the celebration because it is because of that cross that I will one day see my dad again. And, it is because of our Jesus who has overcome the darkness that death doesn't get the last word. He weaves together new hope into our story and brings people into our lives that never replace but always prompt a healthy beginning and new love.
We all need this hope found in the Easter cross because we will all face trails and tribulations. We will all have question how to handle scenarios and feel sucker punched by life, and it is whether we follow human emotion or focus on Truth that will determine our outcome.
No where in life is this question of identity, significance, and hope needed more than in the t(w)een years when students are trying to figure out who they are and live in the Light of Christ despite the pressures of darkness and that is why I am super excited to tell you that SISTERHOOD magazine - that I just recently wrote about - is offering $2 off their print subscriptions if you order by March 13, 2013 using the code EASTER.
As one who was taught the power of Easter, I'm thankful for memories of my dad and all the efforts both of my parents made to show me the awesomeness that comes in a life lived out of the Easter promise. It transforms. Hope is born. And, the desire to live for Him is amplified a million fold.
So if you are trying to figure out what to give the girl you love this Easter, take it from a girl who watched in her young years and appreciates it in her mature ones and share the Easter promise. Show them your real love for the cross and give them a subscription to a magazine that will reinforce the hope of Christ as it relates to their lived experience year round. The fruits of this tiny investment will last a lifetime.
And, if you are looking for a rock star mission trip for your girl, consider their Never The Same experience in Peru this summer. My great friend and co-author, Pam Stenzel, will be there while I'm at home raising my three little future SISTERHOOD subscribers. :)
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