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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • The greatest gift

  • As a child, Easter was about getting through church and then going to Grandpa and Grandma's house for a big family dinner and an Easter basket hunt.
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  • As a child, Easter was about getting through church and then going to Grandpa and Grandma’s house for a big family dinner and an Easter basket hunt.
    Dinner was no small thing and there was always enough food to feed not only our army, but anyone else who didn’t have enough that may tag along with a family member.
    Easter baskets would only be found once all the dishes were done and all the left overs put away. While we (kids) were busy washing and drying dishes (by hand), the aunts and uncles along with Grandma and Grandpa were outside hiding baskets. They had a big yard with lots of trees, so you never knew exactly where to look.
    Every grandchild had a basket and each basket had a name. If you found one and your name wasn’t on it, you were to leave it alone for the real owner.
    Candy was anything from elephant peanuts to sugary jelly beans to little chocolate bunnies. Basic Easter candy. Something to get us all sugared up and then we were all sent home with our parents.
    While all this Easter stuff with the bunny and candy was a part of our Easter, there was something much more important about that particular Sunday. The reason we got together as a family that day was for one reason. The real reason for the joy in the holiday. The day Jesus rose from the grave. He suffered a horrific death and yet three days later there He is in all His glory, victorious over death and the devil. What a wonderful reason to celebrate not only Easter Sunday, but every day! A gift so great we could never possibly repay the debt. A gift given out of love for us, we could never return it equally. What a sad and joyful thought all at the same time.
    That gift of love, grace and mercy... it is ours for the taking if we just want it and believe in it. Believe that Jesus, the Son of God, born a human, suffered and died for our sins and is our risen Savior. Sounds easy doesn’t it?
    It is. But believing that makes us take a hard look at ourselves and wonder how we can possibly be good enough to deserve it. We can’t possibly be good enough to deserve it. It is a gift given freely. All God asks for in return is our heart. Does he have yours?
    Easter is only a few days away, take the opportunity to visit a church of your choice and hear the great news, Jesus is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
    Easter Blessings to you and safe travel wherever the day takes you.
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    Thought for the week: The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction we are moving. – Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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