Holy Week

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

The rest of the story...

This week marks the most important holiday observed by our nation - the Holy Week or the week of Easter. It is a time to reflect on the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord.

Jesus is no longer nailed to the cross and because He lives, we have hope. That is the true meaning of “His story” and the true meaning of this holiday.

The world may seem like a dark, dreary, ugly place... but He holds the future. And, I have flipped to the back of the book. Therefore, I know the end of the story. Those who believe in Him will have everlasting life.

May you celebrate this holiday in reverence to the One who died for us all.

As for me, I will celebrate this holiday with my family in Walnut Ridge. I will attend church services at the People’s Faith Tabernacle where my brother serves as pastor. I will then enjoy a traditional Easter dinner at my sister’s house before the big Brand Easter Egg Hunt.

If I have learned one thing with the passing of my mother and mother-in-law, it’s family and tradition are important. Desmond Tutu once said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” I believe this is true.

A family is made up of individuals and they may not always see eye to eye. Yet, it is important to recognize the bond God has placed on your lives. The love of your family is much more important than wealth and fame. If it is possible, work out your differences. Hold your loved ones close and pray for them.

The truth of the matter is, so many of us are just too busy to find time for our family and friends. I am guilty of this, but I am trying to do better. Steve and I recently reinstated “game night” with members of my family and are trying to include family members in our weekend plans.

Maya Angelou said her mission in life was not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. I am with her!

When God sent His only son to die on the cross for us, He expected something in return. He expects us to treasure and love one another.

So, let’s all slow down and enjoy this weekend as we reflect on what the holiday is truly all about.