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Devotional by Linnea Carlson

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Because of his great mercy he gave us new life by raising Jesus Christ from death. This fills us with a living hope   1 Peter 1:3


Many of us have a favorite season. Mine is baseball season. (My youngest reminded me "there is no season called baseball." I'm glad she is paying attention in school.) We often describe periods of our lives as "seasons." Some are good, others not as much. We could say we are in a "pandemic" season of life. It is a situation we are all in and wish this season would be over. It is almost impossible not to think about it. News, vaccines, and things we cannot do are constant reminders of this season. 

I would like us to consider another season. One that starts with opening day. No, I am not talking about baseball (even as I write this, we are still waiting for the Washington Nationals to have their opening day.) I am talking about the season of Easter! For many folks Easter is a day you dress up, go to church, gather with family to hunt eggs and overeat. As Christians, this day changed our whole lives. The tomb was open and Jesus rose just as He said. While we cannot embrace all of the components that our typical Easter contains, we can embrace the most important one, Jesus. Now we are in the church season of Easter. We will hear about Jesus' encounters with the disciples and the remaining time Jesus spent on the Earth.  

My prayer is we can hear the Easter story and grab hold to some of the joy of Easter. We remember it does not impact one day but all of our days. Embrace what that means for you. 

Linnea Carlson

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