Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter! (and a story of God's amazing plans)

We celebrated our first Easter, our first major holiday of any kind, without extended family this year.  It was a little weird, but we made it a wonderful time.  We have been celebrating Easter all week starting with Palm Sunday as we use our Holy Week Journey cards each day.  We've been reading and reflecting on what Jesus did during the week leading up to Easter.
Our Holy Week cards.  The red ones are for Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross.  The blue one is the empty tomb!
Something that has become an Easter tradition is to celebrate the Passover / Last Supper / Seder Diner on Thursday.  This year, with some help from friends, we hosted the Seder at our church.  Gong into the event I had a head count of about 40, so I had food planned for about 50.  Well...around 80 people showed up!  God multiplied our "loaves and fishes" and everyone had a great, although light, dinner.  It is amazing to me the ways that God teaches us about himself, in this case through the Passover foods - they all point to Jesus and his work on the cross.

On Easter Sunday we had a wonderful morning at church.  The kids sang in the Easter choir and did a great job.  Our friends the Saltarelli's joined us for Easter dinner and some fun egg hunts in the backyard.
Our Easter morning table.  The kids dyed the eggs on Saturday.
Easter kids choir!
My Easter Bunnies!
We ended Easter by driving about 90 minutes North to pick up our new Jeep Wrangler!  The crazy/amazing part of this happened when we got to the sellers house.  Keanan and Zac had been up to test drive this Jeep on Saturday and met the lady that was selling it.  After we decided to buy it she sent Zac a text asking if he wouldn't mind chatting with her nephew who was a recent amputee.  Zac loves talking to people and texted her back a yes.

We were cut to the heart when we arrived.  This young man, around 13, had to have his right leg and part of his pelvis amputated about 8 months ago due to cancer.  We walked in and his eyes lighted up.  He had seen all of Zac's news videos and research in Chicago with the neurally controlled leg and had lots of great questions.  Zac really encouraged him to continue learning about the new tech and figuring out what leg works for him (he was on crutches because his prosthetic was so uncomfortable.)  After signing the paperwork for the Jeep the seller and uncle of the boy walked us out.  He was so thankful to Zac for talking with them and encouraging his nephew.  He has been battling cancer since he was 2.  He has scans later this week because they fear it has spread to his lungs.  If that is the case, it's just a matter of time.  We are praying for this young man and are so blessed that God set up this Jeep, and this time to place Zac in his life and shine some rays of hope.
Zac's new toy!

What a sobering reminder of life and death on the day where we celebrate Jesus' victory over death.  Praise the Lord that He fought the battle for us, and won!  We are thankful for the hope that He gives us in this life, but more importantly that hope we have in spending eternal life with Him!  Amen and amen!  

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