4.18.2011

We are the Easter People

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song."~Pope John Paul II


I can't begin to say how much I love this quote. We are the Easter people! We really are, and hallelujah really is our song.

It's Easter week {finally - -seems like it's very late this year!} and I have had my Easter thoughts bubbling up for the past few weeks. I had a sort of epiphany recently as I was saying my morning prayers, expressing my gratitude for all that I have. But it hit me that I need to be grateful more for what I know, rather than what I have. I have many blessings, and I am grateful for all that I do have, but more, I am grateful for what I know.

I am so thankful at this time of year that I know that the story we read in the scriptures is more than just a story. The fact is that Jesus was born on earth {in a miraculous way}, He was raised by a mortal mother and father, He taught, served and loved the people on the earth at that time, and eventually, as His mission neared the end, He was taken by unbelievers and crucified.

But the glorious fact {here comes the hallelujah part!} is that after 3 days in the tomb, He rose again. And because He did, we will too. And not only that, before he was put to death, he atoned for our sins. Every one of us. Every one of our sins.

I am one of the Easter people and hallelujah really is my song. I am SO grateful.

At this beautiful time of year and always, I hope everyone will take a minute to reflect and be grateful for a truly magnificent gift. Happy Easter week to all!

11 comments:

Ashley said...

Sorry I haven't been following your blog as much as I used to, but I'm gonna get back to it.

Thanks for this post! You're right--we have a lot. But we also know a lot. Grateful for ALL of it!

100 Percent Cottam said...

easter is my absolute favorite, as you know. must have learned it from you! ;)

Darleen said...

Oh this is the best thing I've read all day! With all my craziness in my house I have almost forgot that Easter is right around the corner. I need to reflect on that. Thank you!

SweetmamaK said...

As always you say just the right thing! LOVE IT

Andrea said...

Great post! Happy Easter to you!

Natalie Scott said...

I love this time of year. Thanks for the reminder to reflect, Jan. With all the craziness going on around me, I have to make that time to do it and I appreciate your help!

Mia said...

Jan I could not get your thought, be grateful for what you know, out of my head this week. It has just resonated in my soul. I have been trying to teach this to my kids also, be grateful for what you know.

MysLykeMeeh said...

I love that phrase...we are the Alleluia people...

Belated Happy Easter...

annonomous said...

Yes!!!!!!
Don't watch TV where Katic Coeric
tells Christians and Jews to lighten up and not to fast for GOD.
The Office makes fun of Christmas and Easter. And teaches slackers how to cheat themselves and others.

annonomous said...

Love and praise Jesus everyday breakfast,lunch,dinner and bedtime.

BrookieT said...

good insights- I echo them! Hitting the "like" button on this one! :)