in your easter bonnet with all the frills upon it

when I was about 7, my dance class performed two numbers in our recital. The first was “Easter Parade” and the other was “Lavender Blue” – both archaic songs even in 1989! And for some reason, the lyrics to both have stuck in my head ever since. LOL. So here is our Easter Parade…photos of our family on Easter Sunday. 🙂 Sorry, no bonnets or frills to speak of!

we had a lovely day of celebrating our Risen Savior, starting with Easter songs like “He’s Alive”, “Easter Song” and “Christ is Risen” blasting on the iPod dock while we ate chocolate dutch pancakes. I sang on the worship team for the Easter service at our church and loved every note of it, then we returned to our house to host Easter dinner for both sides of our family. Other than missing my brother Josh and Kyle’s sister Anna, it was a beautiful afternoon of food and family.
Jack got his first Easter basket from Grandma Char and Grandpa Rick and had fun blowing giant bubbles in the beautiful sunshine. I loved that Good Friday and Saturday were both dreary, cool days and on Sunday morning we awoke to the sunshine streaming in the windows. It was as if God was reminding us – the SON has RISEN just as the sun is rising on this beautiful day! 🙂
I am so glad that Christ arose! And the best part is that He still lives and one day will return for His people. Praise His name!

Here is Love

Six years ago, the worship pastor of the church I attended (and loved!) in Warm Beach, WA, introduced me and the rest of our choir to a beautiful hymn called “Here is Love”. We sang it on Easter Sunday – an Easter Sunday that remains one of the most beloved and precious in my memory. My heart was so alive to the beauty of my Jesus that day…and I belted out these poetic and powerful words with all my being.

This year I learned that this song became popular during the Welsh Revival of 1905 and was called the “love song” of the movement. It was originally written in Welsh by William Rees, and later was translated into English.

Yesterday was Good Friday and as I reflected on the death of Jesus, the words of the second verse swelled in my heart and mind as I pictured the vast and gracious tide of God’s mercy flowing from the hands and feet of Christ onto the ground, down the hill of Calvary and out to all the corners of the Earth. Oh, what love! What indescribable grace!

Though we’re not singing this hymn in our service at church tomorrow morning, its ringing in my soul as I recall His glorious resurrection. Here is Love – Christ is Risen!

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

This video is a cheesy photo slideshow, but the song is what I wanted…Here is Love sung by Matt Redman. I hope it blesses you as it did me. May you know the joy of having your sin forgiven and your eternity secured by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for you. Happy Easter!