Sunday, March 31, 2013
I started my day wearing an outfit that I have not been able to wear for a long time. I looked pretty good. I also felt wonderful. This will sound silly but the best part was getting into underwear that I bought but that was WAY too small for me and never worn before - actually 2 sizes smaller than what I have been wearing. I did pretty well with the choices I had at the church luncheon - one slice of ham, cooked apples (not sweetened), a small roll, and a slice of angel food cake. Went over to my stepmother's house afterward and her grandson and my son prepared dinner for us all. They even cleaned up afterward. They had LOTS of veggies - a beautiful rainbow of colors - cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, mashed potatoes, (red, yellow, and orange peppers, mushrooms, and onions - these I don't eat); then they made rib eye steaks for each of us that Dalton (Helen's GS) bought as a special treat. We had a small (about 4-5 oz) glass of wine with dinner.
The service was incredible and the homily/sermon was excellent. We had a number of kids there today (more than normal) and we had a special processional with the kids carrying butterfly banners in front of the Cross. We also had guest musicians who sang special anthems, played trumpet, guitar, and organ - the congregation rang bells throughout the recessional hymn. The church was lovely with the lilies and the pure white altar hangings. There were many guests as well as the regular people. After the solemnity of Thursday's service with no music and the hangings all stripped from the altar, today was really a beautiful resurrection morning.
The topic for the homily/sermon brought tears to the eyes of many of us - both tears of sadness and of joy. The topic was the MEANING of the resurrection and the reality that we are NOT just celebrating an event that happened once and was DONE with, but rather that BECAUSE of that specific event, we all are given the opportunity to start over many times and in many ways. This is the GOOD NEWS - that all is not lost even when we ARE lost. This is good news for us on our journey to weight loss, to healthy lifestyles, to a better life. We get a second chance and a third, fourth, fifth, or even sometimes 100th chance. Easter is a celebration of Jesus' resurrection but also of OUR salvation and the chances to make mistakes and recover from them - not by OUR GOODNESS, but by HIS.
I had a happy Easter and hope yours was wonderful also.