Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter... or not.

     Well, we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus yesterday, but unfortunately, we celebrated the commercial side of easter too.  The dress clothes, the baskets, the egg hunt, candy, dinner, etc...

     Tell me... have we even thought this through?  Easter is represented in the commercial world by bunnies and eggs.  

     Bunnies and eggs!  

     The last time I checked, bunnies don't lay eggs.  

     I am not sure why but Easter bugs me, not the resurrection of Jesus, of course.  The rest of it.  Christmas, I am not bothered as much by the commercialization.  I am not sure why.  I think it's just that Easter is more sacred.

     I feel a little bit like Debbie Downer today.  Sorry!  To be honest, I had a horrible Easter.  It's really sad, ironic... I am not sure what word to use.  Yesterday, we were supposed to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus conquered death and sin.  He died to set us free from slavery, slavery to sin, sin that masters people.  But, yesterday instead worshipping and celebrating, I sat in the lobby and cried.  Instead of praising Jesus for setting captives free, I was overwhelmed by the realization that someone in my family (not my little 6 person family) has shackles bound to his hands and feet.  He has been bound and thrown into the water.  That weight- hitting the water- has created ripples that are far reaching and destructive.

     I can't believe it's in my own family.  I can't believe I have to sit and watch someone I love and someone who is supposed to love Jesus destroy my family.

     I feel helpless.  I hate it!  I hate it that my kids have to see it.  But, at the same time, it's a great lesson for them to learn at an early age.  Sin is destructive and it's effects are far reaching. I need to teach them as they grow that we are not to be mastered by sin.  Unfortunately, they get to watch a live example.

     Please pray for us!  


Lori said...

I totally agree about the Christmas vs. Easter thing...Not that I'm all that into Santa or anything but when it comes to Easter, it truly is sacred to me and we have never indulged our kids in the whole bunny thing much(though we have hunted for eggs from time to time...eggs that the bunny laid?).

I'm so sorry to hear about your family member. It is heartbreaking to watch someone not walk closely with the Lord, discerning His guidance. I will be praying.

Gina said...

Oh April! I'm so sorry! I was just wondering how that situation was going yesterday and thinking about how I hadn't asked you about it. Weird. I will be praying for you today. I love you friend!!

Tony and Rett said...

I will SO pray for you, my friend! God hears you...

P.S. Your "commercial" family is GORGEOUS!

Jessi Dawn said...

Your pics of your kids are adorable. What gorgeous children!

Be blessed and have a wonderful day!