I never cease to be amazed at how fast a year can go. The warm, beautiful days of spring have come around again and as always I am shocked. Many things shock me about this time of year - how fast the Christmas holidays have passed, how much my kids have grown since this time last year, how the world and all it's craziness has increased, how beautiful new life can be.... I could go on and on. But one thing that should never shock me is God's goodness. Everyday, over and over without fail, He is good to me. Morning by morning new mercies I see. I hope you see them, too.
As I sat this morning, in awe, thinking of all God has done for me and my family, I pondered the real meaning of Good Friday. (I know many people think every Friday is a good Friday!:) But why isn't the Holiday we are celebrating today simply called 'Crucifixion Friday' or 'Day of the Death of Jesus'? To me as a Christian, the Friday before Easter Sunday is especially good. In fact, maybe we should call it 'A Great Friday' followed by 'An Even Better Sunday'. It is truly a great and wonderful thing what Jesus made possible for me by His death and resurrection. I celebrate it every day and I want to teach my children to do the same. I think that is the greatest thing about homeschooling. While our children are with us everyday they see our faith (or lack of it) in action. We show them a living sacrifice walking in the power of God's Holy Spirit. All this is made possible only because of the blood of Jesus. Keeping that in mind should make everyday a celebration of Good Friday.
I pray this Easter that all of you are safe in God's care and close to the ones you love. Not just close in proximity, but close in heart. Make an extra effort to look for God's hand of goodness and mercy, even in the most troubling circumstances, and be sure to point it out to your children. If you don't do it no one else will.
May the Lord continue to bless you,