Hallelujah is an interjection, meaning “Praise ye the Lord!” It is also a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude. Well, how appropriate. How grateful I am for the Lord, that I do with to praise Him in joy. What a wonderful meaning stems from that one word.
This truly is a wonderful time of year. Not only are we coming up on Spring, but we are in a month of celebration. We are fortunate enough to have a holiday centered on the very One our lives should be centered on. As I have been thinking quite a bit about the Easter holiday recently, I have really been wondering why it is not celebrated more to the scale that Christmas is (at least in this country). Think about it, on Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ. Well, on Easter we celebrate specifically His resurrection! There are two major holidays based on key occurrences that forever changed our worlds, yet one seems to be extremely downplayed in comparison to the other. Let’s make a change!
Without the birth of Christ, all else that saves us from grief, pain, anguish, and all things ugly, could never have existed, that’s a fact. But, how glorious is the gift we have of forever keeping the bodies we have been given!? Can you believe it!? It amazes me so much, and to think it was all possible because of only One – the One. He has done so much for us, the least we can do is remember Him grandly on this special holiday.
What are your Easter traditions? Do they include colorful baskets filled with goodies, or Easter egg hunts, or egg salad galore? Do you allow Christ in your traditions at all? I honestly do not think I have, in all my years, ever really included Christ in both my thoughts and traditions of Easter. Yes, Easter consistently falls on a Sunday, which means it is always a church-attending day for me, but have I done more to remember what He has given me on that Sunday which is set apart from all others? I do not believe I have. Well, after giving Easter more thought this year than any year previously, I am going to ponder and contemplate what new traditions to begin implementing now.
In this photo above, there is a little tag tied to a glass. It is small and simple, and just the perfect reminder. Of all the Easter traditions out there, I bet one of the biggest is having a nice family dinner. Perhaps one with more than just our immediate families. Maybe due to the special day, or even because it is Sunday, we invite extended family members over. There are so many fun, creative ways to implement some serious, spiritual moments in our get-togethers this year, to bring it back to where it really counts: the Savior, and His eternal gift of resurrection to each and every one of us. How thrilled I am to be more aware of the true meaning of Easter this year, as I set out to begin some traditions in my own little family!