Thursday, April 05, 2007

Easter Weekend

Matt made some fancy stir fry thing tonight. He is photographed prepping his vegetables. We wish he could stay here. Porter spent the day with the flu but seems better now and ready to fly tomorrow. (Thanks for praying for him Mom/Grandma.)

Hope spent five hours of her day having this masterpiece created. We have not done extensions since we moved here so she is VERY excited with all her extra hair. We decided it was best to get her all beautified for the time when the three hair-dressers are all gone at once later this month. She sits so patiently and uncomplaining while her her is being braided. She loves to have the hair added in and clearly understands the concept that beauty takes time. ;-)

We're planning to attend Easter Sunday service in Port au Prince and have Easter lunch with three other missionary families afterward. They tell us they're even planning an egg hunt for the kids. Isaac is a serious egg-hunter so he'll be thrilled with this news.

In many ways it is nice to be removed from the overdone commercialism that holidays with significant meaning have become. It is easier here, to forget about bunnies and chocolate, and keep it about thankfulness for Jesus dying on a cross for our sin and then being risen from the dead to give us hope for the future. We hope your Easter weekend is meaningful and blessed by a very real sense of how much God loves you... enough to send His son.

Matthew 28:1-10 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me." (NIV)