Easter’s over, now what? Do we live or do anything differently? Should what we celebrated yesterday impact what we do today and tomorrow and the next day? I think so and that’s why I wanted to share an excerpt from a devotional I read this morning from Lysa TerKeurst.  What we celebrated yesterday should make a different in how we live and think today.  I hope you find encouragement in this as I did.

 In the midst of a world putting Easter away, might we let it sit with us for just a bit more?

Let's keep our Bible open to the place where the angel spoke to the women at the tomb. And allow our thoughts  to rest on His words from Matthew 28 as six prayers emerge ...

• "Do not be afraid," - God, I hand over to You those things that make me so afraid. Resurrect the parts of my faith squelched by fear.

• "I know that you are looking for Jesus," - God, when my soul is searching, help me know the answer to every longing can be found in You.

• "He has risen," - God, the fact that Jesus is risen should lift my head, my heart and my attitude. Help me to live today as if I really believe this with every part of my life.

• "just as he said," - Jesus, You keep Your promises. Help me live as though I believe that with every part of me. Help me trust You more, obey You more and resemble You more.

• "Come and see," - Jesus, You had the angels invite the women in to see for themselves that You had risen. You invite me into these personal revelations every day. Forgive me for sometimes rushing about and forgetting to come and see for myself ... You, Your Word, Your insights

• "Then go quickly and tell his disciples," - Jesus, I don't want to be a secret keeper with my faith. I want to be a bold and gracious truth proclaimer. For You. With You. Because of You.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Yes, let this miraculous Easter be personal. And prayerful. And linger a bit longer.

Remember those laughing babies we saw on the video Easter morning? No?! Did you miss it? Then you’ve got to come back this Sunday as we’ll play it again.  I’ve already seen it 3 times and want to see it again). JOY is contagious….. want some? Then I hope to see you Sunday as we start our new series on Got Joy? Until then…. be blessed and be a blessing!  . . . .  Pastor Beth