Easter at Christmas

 

English: Icon of the Resurrection

English: Icon of the Resurrection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One October I was asked to write Easter devotions for my church. Even though it was only October, I began listening to Easter music, reading Easter stories, studying Easter symbolism, and watching Easter movies.  By December, I was firmly entrenched … and completely unprepared for a collision of Easter and Christmas.In December I saw clearly the baby Jesus, so pure and lovely and vulnerable – while daily I confronted the horrors that awaited him.  The nativity characters looked so angelic, so pleased by the new baby – while I wrote about scourges and spears.

On one occasion I stopped by the nursery at church. It is hard to describe the experience of writing about those heavy 7-9 inch nails driven into the hands of Jesus – then seeing tiny baby hands.  Or gazing at soft baby skin, and imaging my Savior’s soft baby skin that would one day be ripped away by a Roman scourge.  I saw those sweet babies’ heads, covered in the softest of hair – while the pain and humiliation of the crown of thorns was vivid in my mind.

The greatest impact of all came in late December, as I neared the end of my reading through the Bible chronologically in a year.  I admit to being a little behind – OK, a lot behind.  I was burning through the epistles at lightening speed, then I hit Revelation.  I slowed down.  I lingered.  I reread parts.  The last four chapters never sounded so good.  It was the ultimate victory of that sweet vulnerable baby I had just worshiped, and that beautiful Savior in whose agony I had been immersed for 10 weeks!  It was the confluence of the birth, death and ultimate victory, descending on me en masse.  The experience was electrifying – exhilarating.

May you experience the fullness of Christmas this year.

Laurie

Hallelujah!  For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Rev 19:6

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  1. Sherri Rivers
    December 19, 2012 at 8:09 am (8 years ago)

    Poignant thoughts. Thanks, Laurie, for sharing your experience.

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  2. Caddo Veil
    December 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm (8 years ago)

    This is powerful, indeed, Laurie. I’ve never read the Bible chronologically–I gather it’s more difficult than my “through the Bible in a year” method. God bless you Big–love, sis Caddo

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    • Writing Sisters
      December 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm (8 years ago)

      I bought a chronological Bible arranged to be read in a year, so it was about the same challenge as the regular yearly Bibles – lots of reading each day and whatever you do, don’t get behind! But, it was a different and enriching experience and interesting to read the events as they occurred. Fun to read the gospel accounts of the same events one right after the other.

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  3. bwebbjr
    December 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm (8 years ago)

    WOW! – thanks for sharing Laurie.

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  4. Jarm Del Boccio
    December 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Thanks for this beautiful piece, Laurie…a Blessed Christmas to you and yours!

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  5. Allison
    December 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm (8 years ago)

    My best Bible reading experience happened when I read the Bible through chronologically and took notes. It helped me clearly see how often man falls away and how often God extends grace. What a wonderful love story!

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