On April 23, 2014 by Jamy Shaffer

10259258_10202652218640123_70393938056931992_oLast year’s celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection was so successful that we decided to try to see if lighting would strike twice in the same place!  This week, I was thrilled that some of my nieces and one of my nephews could come.  However, some were left behind because my car was overflowing as it was and I still had to pick up my little buddy on the way.  I am pleased to announce that Shelby, Alyssa, Sydney, and Noah all got along tremendously with Ashton.  One of my nieces seemed to develop a little crush on the weirdo 😉

Before the celebration began Lacy and I decided to play some catch outside.  So great to see that my prowess in all things sport has not changed (read into that what you will).  Quite soon, we were joined by several little ones who either wanted to join in or just enjoy the tremendous weather we had been blessed with the entire weekend (no seven Sundays of rain THIS year if the adage holds true).  So it was Ashton and I vs. Lacy and Noah full of engaging taunts and one-upsmanship by both of the young boys.  If memory serves, we spent more time chasing the ball than catching it!  Plus, the added bonus of Disney riding her bicycle added another dimension.

Later, everyone was called inside.  A long line bursting with energy formed.  Chris attempted to calm the storm to pray.  Finally, an Exploding Hot Potato was called upon to quiet the masses.  I think the mention of candy caused the ruckus.  Candy they did receive in a bag which also included activity sheets to help illustrate why the day is all about:  THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOR!  GOD’S NOT DEAD!  SHOUT IT OUT!

After the goody bag distribution, some of us returned to the front yard while everyone else went to the back to hunt even more candy.  As the sun began to set and a nice Spring chill began to descend, I was asked to drive down the street to pick up another friend who needed to come and join in some fellowship.  Upon returning, it was time for my companions and I to depart.  I had some preparations to make for the family celebration the following day.

Matthew 28:1-6
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

May we all remember how He loves us all.  So much so that he suffered and died so that we all might have eternal life with Him!

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