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School is back in session. Trees are putting on leaves, and flowers are budding. The azaleas are really pretty; hope they don’t get killed with a late frost.
Everything is taking on a yellow tint thanks to all the pine trees! As we get near Easter, the pines start to produce pollen. Also if you look at the top of the trees, you’ll see a tiny cross appear. The dogwoods are also starting to bloom, a sure sign of spring.
Easter is coming with family dinners and Easter egg hunts. However, we should remember the true reason for Easter just as we should for Christmas. As Christians, we realize we must have both!
Several years ago I had the opportunity to visit Israel. It was undescribable the feeling to stand in the Garden of Gethsemane among those olive trees, many which date back to Jesus’ time. Being able to see all the places from the Bible come to life was a wonderful experience.
Easter baskets have become as much as Christmas! No longer is it about a few eggs, candy and a chocolate bunny. While a new set of clothes to wear to church has been a tradition, now baskets include clothes, games and toys that rival Christmas gifts.
Sunrise services on Easter morning are another event that is very moving. Providence has theirs in the cemetery on the hill. To watch that sun come up over the trees is very emotional. We haven’t set the time yet, but it’s close to actual sunrise time, and then we have breakfast in the fellowship hall.
So, if you don’t have a church or your church doesn’t have a sunrise service you are invited to join us. Area churches, please let me know if you are having a sunrise service and if so what time.
The Bible verse I want to share with you this week is, “I will rejoice in the Lord; I will be joyful in God my Savior.” We need to remember that it’s easy to be joyful when everything is going smoothly. It’s when the difficult circumstances occur that we need to remember that God is in control.
We aren’t promised a bed of roses, to have no trials or temptations. But no matter what happens in our lives, we can be sure that the Lord is with us, and better days will be coming.
Continue to keep those who have lost loved ones recently in your prayers. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.