Are you blessed by waiting for the LIGHT? April Easter devotional

JESUS-THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life. ~~John 8:12 (KJV)

As we wait for the glorious celebration of our Savior’s supreme act of love, do you have a special memory of anticipating Easter? Maybe you joined with family for church, looking forward to a feast at Grandma’s house afterward. Maybe as a child you eagerly awaited the search to find surprise eggs for your Easter basket. Maybe on an Easter morning you admired a peaceful scenic view while waiting to hear His voice during a private worship time. I have all those special memories, but one experience stands above all the others.

Many years ago in the predawn darkness, my husband-to-be and I joined a hushed crowd gathered along a favorite East coast beach. All were silent. No one spoke as we stood quietly in the sand, the scents of the ocean drifting on a light breeze. The only sounds came from the waves lapping along the shoreline. We were reverent, filled with expectation. We all knew why we were there. Heads bowed in prayer, we waited. The sky gradually lightened with colors of pink and orange. Then the sun rose over the horizon, filling the day with glorious light. Our joyful hymns of praise filled the air for the Easter sunrise service. The wait was over. The tomb was empty. Our Savior had risen.

JESUS IS RISEN!

As Christians, we celebrate this moment, this proof of the promise…the tomb is empty! After the agonizing days of remembering Jesus’ suffering, God’s plan is revealed in the blazing glory of the morning light. He is risen that we might be saved. We are forgiven and offered eternal life.

The angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for he is risen.

Matthew 28:5-6 (KJV)

PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for the sacrifice of Your beloved Son, the LIGHT of the world, who offers us the ultimate gift of eternal life. As we wait for the Easter celebration to begin, help us BE THE LIGHT….to bring Your message of forgiveness to others, to give encouragement to those needing hope, and to walk more closely with You as Christian examples of love.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Thank you for joining me for this Easter devotional. What are your treasured memories of Easter? As you celebrate our risen Lord, may you walk in His LIGHT….forever reflecting His love and grace.

Blessings and prayers always,

Sherida

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6 Responses to “Are you blessed by waiting for the LIGHT? April Easter devotional”

  1. Jill Weatherholt Says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words and prayer, Sherida. Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter. Some of my most treasured memories of Easter are when my grandmother came to visit us. <3 I hope your foot is doing better.

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Jill, thank you for your kind words! Those warm memories of being with grandparents are indeed treasures!

    My foot continues to heal. I’ve moved from the cast to a fashionable (NOT!) orthopedic shoe thingy and a cane. I’m truly grateful to be walking a bit more each day. Thank you for your prayers!

    May you and your family have a blessed Easter…and enjoy visits from your hummies!

  3. Patti Jo Moore Says:

    What a beautiful post, Sherida! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    Some of my sweetest Easter memories are when my children were very young, and my parents were living. We all attended the same church, and each year on Easter everyone in the church brought whatever flowers were blooming in their yards and we filled in a cross made of wire. The end result was gorgeous, and was a wondrous reminder of life in Christ. Some of my most special photos are of my parents and my children standing beside that floral cross. Now I need to locate those, since I’m remembering those special times!

    Thank you again for sharing, and have a very blessed Easter.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Oh, Patti Jo, the flower-filled cross sounds so beautiful! People bringing different flowers…what they had in their gardens…and blending the blooms into an even greater display. This reminds me of God’s plan….how each member brings different talents or gifts to create an even more powerful church. Thank you for sharing your sweet memory!

    I know you will have a memorable Easter. Blessings and hugs to you!

  5. Laura Conner Kestner Says:

    Beautiful post, Sherida. Thank you so much for sharing. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Thank you, Laura! May you and your family be abundantly blessed during this Easter celebration!

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