After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life" that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:1-5
Easter came in quietly and left quietly with much of our extended family away. There was time in the wee hours to reflect on the horror, the injustice and the despair of the crucifixion. There was time to wonder (with falling tears) at the beauty, the perfect sacrifice and the true Life gift of the resurrection. And then, in the sunlight hours there was fellowship, eating, praising, gifting, playing, hiking, eating again, more playing and visiting. Was Jesus present at your celebration? Did you invite Him? He never refuses a true and honest invitation... and He's the most worthy guest!