Easter – it is a time to rejoice and celebrate. I made this picture using photos I took while Keith and I were up the north coast last year – together they capture some of the themes of Easter.
I have not written for a while – I am sorry. I had a nasty migraine that hung around for a couple of weeks and then the stuff of life filled up my time, thoughts and energy and I forgot that I even have a blog. Keith and I have been reading Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith: Daily readings by CH Spurgeon over breakfast. It is short and pithy and gives me something to ponder each day. This week one of the devotions was on this verse: “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” James 4:8. He refers to a verse from Isaiah 58:9 “…you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” It is so true!
And yet, this week as we headed towards Easter, it dawned on me that there was one cry that God ignored – Jesus’ cry as he hung dying upon the cross. I felt the enormity of that abandonment and I felt the cost Jesus paid – in that moment, Jesus was totally abandoned. He did this so that you and I can draw near to Him and He will draw near to us. I have been thinking on this over the last few days.
This morning I read this verse: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” – 1 Peter 1:3. A new and living hope – yes – we do have much to be thankful for.
To my friends and family both far and near – Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! This picture has been made for you. Happy Easter Day.