All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
From Psalm 47:2-3
This morning, I spent an hour organizing my computer desk. I had accumulated quite an assortment of items I hoped would bring inspiration to future articles or reflections. As I made my way down the pile, a bright red booklet caught my eye. I had unburied the program from my granddaughters’ Christmas Concert at their preschool. Though it is long after Easter, much less Christmas, I stopped cleaning, got online and went to my husband’s Facebook page. After several minutes, I worked my way back to the video of the girls’ performances. There they were singing “Mary Had a Little Baby” and “Away in a Manger.” They enacted each verse perfectly. During another hymn, they clapped their hands and then shook tambourines with all of their might.
I returned to the mess on my desk with an unbridled smile. I simply could not shake the Christmas Joy that my granddaughters’ performances had renewed in me. I wondered if I had shaken off the joy of Easter a bit too easily. So it is that I return to this page with a pledge to bring a bit more of Easter to the days ahead.
Risen Jesus, when you rose from the dead you sealed your promise to bring me to everlasting life. What more do I need to bring joy to every day?
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