Day 1 of Eastertide, Resurrection day, Easter Sunday (3/31/13).
When I woke up, out my window I could see it was a bright sunny day. I bounced out of bed, gave a sweet shout to my boys, “Arise, Jesus has risen!”, they too hopped up, got ready with their special new pastel color Easter clothes, we had pancakes and eggs for breakfast, and with joyful words and sweet laughter walked out the door to our car at 8:15 so we would be on time for the 9 am Easter service. Wait. That isn’t exactly how it went. It was more like this:
Alarm, snooze. Alarm, snooze. Alarm, and I finally roll out of bed, later than I planned. “Mike, we need to leave in 30 minutes. Wake up the boys.” After getting ready, I head downstairs and find Nathan ready to go. I looked all around for Aaron, called his name, Nathan thought he was in the shower, but he was not, so I went upstairs to check his bed. Nathan announces that Aaron was down stairs playing video games. Seriously, on Easter Sunday? I holler down to turn off the games we need to leave in 5 minutes. I’m not sure where I disappeared to, but in a split second I hear the shower turn on and I start yelling and pounding on the door, “You don’t have time for a shower, Aaron! Turn it off and style your hair. We need to leave.” Mike, who is on the phone with his best friend, Mike, wishing him a Happy Easter, peers out our bedroom door to see what my problem is. Aaron is arguing with me, but turns off the shower begrudgingly. We all rush to get out the door 10 minutes behind schedule. “Way to go Michelle, yelling on Easter Sunday.” Instead of beating myself up, I counted it as a minor blip and didn’t let it derail the morning.
I’ve been writing in a purple journal with a purple pen that I titled “Book of Blessings and Beauty”. I was inspired after reading One Thousand Gifts, but needed to put my own name to my list. I mention this because I’ve been paying closer attention to details so I can see blessing and beauty in the regular parts of my day. As I was walking up to the church doors, I noticed the tulips planted in the flower pots. They were such beautiful arrangements of new colorful blooms even a burnt orange color that I never saw before! Beauty! A good friend, Cindy, was holding the door open to church and I got a friendly hug. Blessing! If you go to a church where ‘everyone knows your name’ you may not see that as a big deal, but it is at my church because it is possible to walk in and walk out without saying “hello” to anyone you know.
With my family in tow, I insisted on sitting in a specific section on the main floor of the auditorium. It looked full, but there were 10 minutes to spare so I walked closer to the front than Mike thought we’d find seats. We found open seats, I looked around, didn’t see anyone I knew so we sat down. I didn’t know the man sitting to my right. I decided since we were going to celebrate Easter together for the next hour, I would introduce myself. As it turned out, Victor was from Georgia and a guest to WCCC along with the eight men sitting to his right. They are all going to be in the Chicago area for six months on a work project. We chatted for a few minutes then the music started. The talented team of musicians open up playing violins, guitars, drums and a banjo and the ladies wearing cowgirl boots with their dresses and voices like I’d imagine the angels singing. What a way to welcome guests from the South with a country western vibe! Beauty and Blessing!
The message from my pastor was on surrender and they did something cool with that, but I’m going to save that for Eastertide-Day 2.
What a morning full of blessings and I’m only half way through the Easter service!
Our blessing for today is Psalm 16:Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
I say of the holy people who are in the land,
“They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
or take up their names on my lips. LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
you make my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Beauty & Blessings,