This weekend people all across Texas, the U.S. and the world will celebrate.
There will be bright colors, fun and games, egg hunts, time with family, good meals, new clothes and the joy that comes with the arrival of Spring.
Being Texas, there may be a Spring storm, but we can sure use the rain and even that won’t dampen our spirits or our time together.
For those celebrating Easter and Passover, though, this weekend is also the chance to pause and be grateful for our lives and our history and the sacrifices made on our behalf.
Several thousand years ago the people of Israel were freed from slavery in Egypt. That freedom was won over the opposition of their rulers whose minds were only changed after a series of plagues.
The Israelites were spared the worst of those plagues on Passover because of the blood of sacrificial lambs marking their homes. The impact of that experience was so great on the people that they remember it to this day with the elements of the Passover Seder, which will be commemorated in millions of homes this Friday night.
One of those Passover Seders hundreds of years later was what is now known as the Last Supper, when Jesus Christ and his disciples shared their final meal together before he was captured, tried and crucified as a common criminal.
This weekend Christians all around the globe will remember His life, teachings, and that ultimate sacrifice – and celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Best of Both
Fortunately we don’t have to choose – we can do both this week:
- Celebrate life, our families, our friends and our good fortune, and
- Remember the sacrifices made to give us those blessings.
Here’s to hoping we all do more of both not just this week but always.
Happy Passover and a Blessed Easter to all!