by Daniela Schwartz
Easter is upon us and as I write this I’m currently milking the last minutes of an extended nap of my little one. I’ve spent the last 5 days in denial of sorts, I’ve pinched a nerve in my neck which has caused all levels of pain and headaches. I don’t do sick well. I do not rest well. It is a busy week planning to celebrate my husbands existence for 40 years, planning a gathering of family to celebrate Easter. I keep telling my body to get a grip we don’t have time for this. Then I surrender to my bed in a sea of self pity. I need to rest.
In the fog this has created over my day to day, I have woken up from a long needed nap with Easter on my heart. It is a holiday that stirs so much in me. I feel Jesus closer. I feel thankful I have been the recipient of the greatest love of all. While being completely consumed with myself, God reawakened of sorts an awareness to the most selfless man to have walked the earth. Jesus.
Jesus. My promise of eternity. He is the person who saw my everything (the good, the bad and very ugly) and said I love you any ways, and I’m going to lay it all down for you. I’ll even die for you. When I fall, He picks me up. When I hurt, He heals. The hope His name brings resonates a newness in me. A promise of tomorrow. A promise of eternity. He’s the one who in my whiney, gushy, self absorbed mess this week, woke me up with a whisper. “It’s Easter, I gave it all. For you.”
The Message (MSG)
16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.