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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Holy Week and Easter Weekend

This week and this weekend mark an important event for Christians everywhere. We commemorate the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and we celebrate His resurrection, which broke the bands of death and made possible an atonement with Him and with our Heavenly Father.

There are things we don't fully understand about the need for the Savior's sacrifice, but we do know it was necessary. It has made it possible for us to progress and to make corrections along our way through life. It has assured us of more life to come after this one is finished.

The focus this week on Easter and the preceding days brings to our minds so many things for which we can be grateful to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It reminds me of Christ's entire life and teachings and the example He set for us. Repentance and forgiveness are much on my mind and I ponder how to do a better job of applying these to my life. How can I better repent, be forgiving, and follow Christ's example?

At our General Conference last weekend, our prophets and apostles and other leaders spoke on many of the topics that I am thinking of and also gave counsel and direction for improving our lives in these and other areas. It occurs to me that being truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ is important for helping us to realize the necessity of all the other work we need to do on ourselves. The gift of the Holy Ghost helps us see our weaknesses and how to strengthen ourselves. Scriptures and prayer do the same.

Coming as it does near the beginning of spring, of rebirth, Easter is a very special time of year. It is a time to recommit and go forward.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Pop said...

We, LDS, celebrate "Easter" every Sunday as a group and hopefull every day as individuals. This is one of the things that sets apart from many others. We don't need a special day. That doesn't mean that we can't focus a little more intently at this season, but hopefully it is something that is part of our daily lives.

Good piece, Mary.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

You make a good point, Pop. Our Sabbath Day worship and partaking of the Sacrament bring us to a remembrance of Christ and all He has done for us. Like the Christmas spirit, one can and should have the Easter spirit every day, all year round. Thanks.

6:55 PM  
Blogger s'mee said...

Mary, Since the first blog I read of yours I know, whenever I come here I will find something to ponder, to rethink, to apply in my own life in some way. For that reason I have nominated you for a "Thinking Blogger" award:

http://www.thethinkingblog.com/2007/02/thinking-blogger-awards_11.html

You may now take the opportunity t nominate 5 of your favories!

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

I have a friend at Nauvoo forum(PollyAnna) whose dad passed away on Easter Day. She said at the forum how she felt it was very appropriate to join her mother on that day. Her mother had recently passed away. The sting of death is taken away! Man, woman, and child will rise again!

11:39 AM  

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