Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Sunday

What a great Sabbath day this has been! The sun was shining, birds were singing, and flowers were in bloom. Wait - no they weren't (but I have a good imagination and can picture them there.) :)

This year I made a personal commitment to make Easter more meaningful for me. In years past, it's always the holiday that sneaks up on me, and I tend to focus more on the jelly beans and cadbury eggs than on the REAL meaning of Easter.

The Savior's last week before his crucifiction has been in my mind all week and today my thoughts have been focused on what impact his resurrection from the dead has on my life. A friend commented to me today that she wished our church did something more extravagant than having an Easter program for sacrament meeting and the choir singing some extra songs. For me, that's perfect. It's nice to have the special emphasis on Easter Sunday without having extra things to attend, etc. Not that those aren't nice or uplifting, but the simplicity of the schedule allowed me to take personal reflection and study time.

I was also able to watch the old seminary version of the "Lamb of God" with a good group of friends and share thoughts on it. Different things stick out to me each time I see it, but as always, I am truly humbled by the life, example and willing sacrifice of my elder brother and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I also loved reading and reflecting on this proclamation issued by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "None other has had so profound an influence upon all who have lived and will yet live upon the earth."

What a wonderful Easter sabbath day!


Unknown said...

Unfortunately I did just let Easter sneak up on me without really contemplating the real meaning! Thanks for sharing some insights and helping me remember how grateful I am for what this holiday really stands for! Happy Easter!

Shapiro said...

You've ALWAYS been good at reflecting, pondering, preparing, and perfecting - you're a great example of true love and service and true focus on the Savior. Thanks for your example!