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We are not going to celebrate Easter this year.
What is that supposed to mean?
Am I not a Bible thumping Jesus follower?
And my absolute favorite time of the year is Easter.
Why in the WORLD would I not want my family to celebrate Easter?
So here is my answer.
God has been working in my heart lately and I need to be real. I don't want to just "perform" my faith, I want to live my faith. I want to be genuine. I don't want to go to church because that's what you do on Easter. I want to go to church because I can't wait to celebrate with other followers of Jesus! I want to be with other excited believers! I want to experience the overwhelmingly unbelievable miracle that has taken place. And reflect on what that means for me.
This year we are celebrating the Resurrection. We are not going to celebrate with Easter baskets or coloring Easter eggs. We are not going to overload our children and ourselves with candy. We are not spending a lot of time preparing a big meal. We may just have leftovers. Imagine that! Leftovers for a holiday?
We will go to church and our children will wear their new outfits because Grandma blessed us with those gifts.
But that's where it ends.
This is what I plan on doing this weekend.
- I want to attend our Good Friday service.
- I want to make Resurrection cookies (I just learned about this from Dacia! Thank you dear friend!) on Saturday.
- And on Sunday, I want to sing PRAISES to our God for redeeming me and conquering death!
Because this year we are celebrating the Resurrection. Not the Easter Bunny
The day that Jesus rose from the grave.
He is ALIVE!
He is not dead!
"He is not here. He has risen." Luke 24.6
___________________________________Disclaimer: I want to say that this decision has been a lot easier since we are planning to celebrate Spring on May Day. It has been so easy to use Easter as a way to celebrate Spring. This year I decided to separate them.
Our Spring celebration will be on May 1st and I think I may want to keep it that way!