“The Church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace.” Are you at peace today? Why or why not? These questions are sincerely important because of who we are: Christians, people who believe in and follow the Lord Jesus, risen from the tomb. People in our lives who do not have any faith or who are wondering why we have ours, will be certainly looking to us to see how we handle every kind of life situation. What they may be searching keenly in us is a profound sense of gratitude: “How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?” This thankful-for-living attitude can make all the difference in the world, not only in the way we live our daily lives with family and friends, but also the way we subtly impact the lives of all those around us who are also searching for meaning in their own lives.
“It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” This openly optimistic and encouraging attitude has more to do with the grace and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives than it does with just simple cognitive shifts in our personality. It has everything to do with believing that Jesus accomplished everything He said and promised He would do. We have been so immeasurably blessed that the only response for us today is to be a blessing for others. Loved people love people and freed people lead others to freedom.
The Easter eggs symbolizes our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we’ve surrounded ourselves with that limits our thoughts and beliefs. As we break open our hearts and minds we discover a transformation to new, life enhancing thoughts and beliefs. Siobhan Shaw