So how are you all celebrating Easter this year?
We already started celebrating yesterday with a simple lunch with friends who are more like family, followed by an impromptu trip to get ice cream. We sat outside in the glorious weather and talked and just enjoyed time together.
Then it was time to get home to get ready for Passover Seder with friends. This was my third Messianic Passover and it was so good to go again. If you've never done this before, look around in your community for a Messianic church who may offer this next year and make an effort to go. It will make a lasting impression on you, I can promise. God instructed His people to look for Christ in the elements of the Seder dinner thousands of years before He came. And He continues to instruct us to look for Him, to remember that He came so that we can come to Him. I can't think of a better way to kick off Easter weekend, than by remembering that!
Today will be spent doing some final grocery shopping and cooking, and cleaning too.
And then tomorrow is the big day-- Easter services at Elevation at Time Warner Arena in uptown Charlotte! If you live in Charlotte and would like to attend church tomorrow but don't have a church home, join us! Elevation is expecting 10,000 people tomorrow. Check out www.eggthecity.com to see the plans to bless our city through this special service. I am blessed to be a part of this dynamic, audacious church.
After church we will head home for a lunch of ham, deviled eggs (though it seems they should have a different name on Easter Sunday-- angel eggs??), rolls, green beans, corn, and sweet potato casserole. We're having a banana pudding trifle (courtesy of my mom) and a strawberry cake for dessert. I have made a simple centerpiece by filling a hurricane glass with plastic Easter eggs and Easter grass and I am pleased with how it turned out. I love it when I can get creative by using what I already have and not spending a bunch of money!!
After lunch is an Easter egg hunt in our backyard, then a little time to rest before we head to my in-laws' for another Easter egg hunt (this one features money in the eggs so my kids do NOT want to miss that one) and another big meal.
Then I plan to come home and collapse from a full day. A day spent celebrating Jesus' resurrection and victory over death. Remembering what He did so we could come to Him, so we could know Him. If you do not know Him, I pray that you find a church tomorrow and let Him speak to you, hear His invitation to you and respond. He is real, He is alive, He is Lord. Hallelujah!