Thursday, May 16, 2013

some easter thoughts

post from March 31, 2013

I love the Easter season.
Spring is on the horizon.
Everything seems to be ready for a new beginning.

I came across this blog post the other day.
I have to admit, I had all but completely forgotten about the significance and sacredness of this week.

This week should be about Christ.
In a garden across the oceans, our Savior prayed and suffered for each of us.

It was the greatest gift any of us could have ever asked for.

Today, perhaps the greatest miracle occurred when our Savior rose from the grave.
He overcame the powers of death and of sin.
He did it all for us. For you. For me.

"Sacrament Meeting" by Doc Christensen
We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from those things that are of eternal importance.
Take the time this weekend to reflect, remember, and express your gratitude for the Atonement and those blessings that truly matter.

I have shared this song before, "In Christ Alone." But I wanted to share a few of the lyrics here.

"No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me.
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny.
And as He stands in victory
sin's curse has lost it's grip on me
for I am His
and He is mine
bought with the precious blood of Christ."

One of my favorite talks is "None Were With Him" by Elder Holland. 
In the talk, he pleads, "This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ  'at all times and in all things, and in all places that we may be in, even until death,' for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone."

Christ knows you and me personally. He understands whatever we are going through. He loves us completely.
He will never leave our side, though we may depart from His for a time.
Let us remember to walk with and stand by our Savior every single day, and especially this Easter Sunday.

My banner will be clear.
I will not be ashamed.