Growing up I have many an Easter memory... things the Easter Bunny brought, a new dress (of course), attending "Sunrise Service," and being annoyed that my new (always new) shoes would get wet from the grass, and of course, that M&M commercial... You know, the one from WAY back, with all the kids saying "Thank you, Easter Bunny," and the kid in the duck suit at the end going, "Bawk, Bawk". So funny...
And along with all of that, we went to church! You know, the common practice (especially on Easter) for those of us who call ourselves Christians/Believers/Followers of Christ, etc., etc.
I grew up Methodist... and attended the same Methodist church my entire childhood with the exception of the two years we lived in Georgia... and for those two years, we were Baptist (which is what my mother truly is at heart). HA! I remember several bits and pieces of the traditional Easter services I knew growing up, but one thing that particularly stands out in my memory was this song being sung.... every year (the first, second, and last stanza, of course).
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia
Raise your joys and triumphs high; Alleluia
Sing, ye heavens, and, earth, reply, Alleluia
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia
Lo, our Sun's eclipse is o'er; Alleluia
Lo, He sets in blood no more, Alleluia
Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia
Hail, the Resurrection Thou, Alleluia!
We didn't make it to church today, but I hummed the song this morning while I fixed our chicken salad for lunch, and we ate some candy, and I reminded my children dozens of times what Easter is really all about, and prayed that by next Easter we would have a church to call home and that the idea of not being there on Easter morning would be unthinkable...
If you know us, then you know we have been "church homeless" for a while now. In our logistical defense, Trav has run a paper route for a few years on Saturday/Sunday that has hindered the "moving on" process, but I know in reality I cannot blame it all on that. But some of you will be pleased (Trav is especially thrilled) to hear that the paper route is ending soon... and I will officially be out of feasible excuses....
But anyway... so for now, we were up early diving into Easter baskets and spent the day hunting eggs, having lunch, watching my Dad watch the Masters (and annoying him with my questions and comments in the process), and eating entirely too much chocolate and sugar altogether...
Tanner who has skipped nap now two days in a row... looked like this on the way home before we even got to the interstate. I'm hoping he feels like catching up on some of that nap time tomorrow.