It's a cold, snowy Easter morning; they sky is here is gray and low. It feels more like January than April.
But despite the ominous weather report, there is something beautiful and peaceful about this morning, this celebration of the amazing gift and sacrifice God gave to us in Jesus Christ! I have my days when it is hard to wrestle with my many questions, when I don't really "get" the whole Christian thing, and when I feel like my faith is so weak, I might as well give up. But I'm very glad that I haven't. I'm glad that the amount of faith I do have allows me to believe in that world-changing day so long ago, the day Christ, who died for our sons, rose into heaven. I few nights ago, I read the chapters in John and Matthew that follow Jesus in the days before he died, when he gathered his closest friends around him and imparted his final words of wisdom to them. They, of course, were like, "Lord, we don't get it? What does it meeeaaaan?" (I find the disciples quite funny. They are constantly confused.) I think my favorite verse has to be when he gives them his greatest command of all:
John 15 9-13:
"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."
I love that, the simplicity of it, and on the other hand, the way it could challenge you your entire life to keep working toward that state of loving, that state of obedience to God's command. The second line moves me most of all. He loves Jesus, and Jesus came to show that love to the world. So accept it; let it live in you; let it be the guiding force in your life.
The other "good thing" this morning.... how do I make a transition here? Well, it's impossible. So I'll just say it: I was ecstatic last night to watch MSU's hockey team, the little team that could, beat Boston College to win their first NCAA hockey title in what feels like forever. It was a very, very exciting game. Boston College scored first, and the Spartans didn't respond until the third period. Then, with the clock winding down, overtime looked like the only way out with the score still tied 1-1. But with something like 19 seconds left, MSU's best scorer slid a puck in through a mess of players in front of the net! I screamed. I jumped up and down. I clapped. I shook the entire foundation of my house with my excitement. The clock wound down, MSU scored an empty-net goal just to finish it off for good, and the celebration began. I have to admit, I have not been a loyal MSU hockey fan; I don't go to games, or even follow the team much, despite the fact that my husband is like a walking textbook of information about them. But I was still so proud, excited and happy last night to see my school, the underdogs, complete their championship dream.