I woke up this morning with the song Christ the Lord is Risen Today playing profoundly in my head. It has always been my favorite Easter song. What better inspirational music than some of our old-time Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving hymns.
Sadly, the only time you hear them anymore is in church and even then, your favorite ones may have fallen by the wayside. During the Christmas season, I went online in search of good, old fashioned Christmas hymns and was disappointed at the lack of selection and availability. I was pleased to find some hymns on Amazon (see links below), but still disappointed overall, as to how hard it is to find those wonderful, inspirational old-time songs.
Easter is such a spiritual and motivational time of year – Jesus sacrificed His life for us – it doesn’t get any better than that! YES, HE PAID THE ULTIMATE PRICE – AND NOW OUR BILL IS PAID IN FULL!
We celebrate His life and our own rebirth as spring starts to wake up bursting on the scene with colorful Easter Lilies, Hyacinths and Daffodils. Forsythia burst into stunning strands of festive golden yellow, grass starts taking on a fresher greener look, robins are touting the first peek at spring and LIFE IS GOOD.
The 3 songs below reinforce why we celebrate Easter. They are my personal favorite Easter hymns and, I’ve included a bit of their background. I hope they bring back good memories for you, too:
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today: Penned by Charles Wesley in the 1730’s, it was written for the celebration of Easter. It’s a strong and triumphant song of victory over death.
Up From The Grave He Arose (also known as: Christ Arose and Low In the Grave He Lay): Written by Robert Lowry in the 1800’s – its jubilant proclamation of Christ rising up from the grave in defiance of death makes me proud to be a Christian whenever I hear it.
The Old Rugged Cross: So solemn and heart-wrenching, yet providing us with hope…”I will cling to the old rugged Cross and exchange it some day for a crown.” A song of pain and freedom. Written by George Bennard in the early 1900’s.
As you celebrate the season with friends and family, perhaps even with little ones bouncing up and down in search of the Easter bunny and his colorful Easter eggs, let us never forget the price Jesus paid to save us.
Let us all celebrate all that God and Jesus have to offer in our lives: Our rebirth, renewal and salvation.
HAPPY EASTER – REJOICE!