It’s a Good Friday & Great Weekend

It’s a Good Friday. The sun is out in full force. The birds seemed to be out extra early this morning. They are chirping quite loudly and carrying assorted twigs to build their nests – a sure sign of spring.

I feel the sharp snap of a serious windchill as I mount a new birdhouse in the backyard. The bitter cold smacking me in the face is telling me that this blatant sunshine is just a facade. It’s also apparent that the daffodils and hyacinths aren’t fazed by the fallen temperatures. I’m in agreement.

In spite of the gusty wind and winter-like air, it is still a Good Friday in so many ways. Yes, it literally is Good Friday – a solemn reminder of the sacrifices Jesus Christ made for us so we could enjoy this beautiful, yet chilly day. After all, no matter what the weather brings, every day is truly a gift — and I remind myself of that each morning when I wake up.

Easter weekend is finally here. Time to celebrate this holiday that fills us with renewed hope, the joy of re-birth and spirit of spring.

It’s the time of year when you usually find an abundance of Easter lilies. The Easter lily has come to symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life.  This plant, with its magnificent white trumpet shaped flowers, is the spiritual essence of Easter.

Lilies were found growing in the garden after the crucifixion.   It has been said that they sprung up from the ground where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground as He suffered for us on the cross.

Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice so our sins would be forgiven, and we could have everlasting life.   Easter is truly a celebration of His life and ours.  It is a time for rebirth, renewal and new beginnings.

No matter how you choose to spend this special day, take some time reflect on the true meaning of Easter.  Refresh your soul, mind and body.  It’s a brand new day – so much to be thankful for.

One of my favorite hymns of the Easter season dates back to 1739 – it really says it all:

Christ the Lord is Risen Today – ALLELUIA! Happy Easter!

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