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And Everything Else Just Fades Away

More so than even Christmas, Easter is my favorite holiday of the year. Sorry, Pastor Chris 😊.

The hope Easter means. The big beautiful church service. The music. The flowers, even though they make sneeze. The children, and many adults, dressed in their finest. OK, OK...and the candy. I was so glad last year when recovery from the initial surgery (that found my cancer) allowed me to go to Easter service (though I landed back in the hospital the next day).

I had many plans for Easter this year, like being able to solo “Via Dolorosa” for Good Friday since I missed it last year, buying a new dress, and join with the choir for Easter. First, the emergency surgery I had knocked that out. Then COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders made it unable to even go to live services. But worship has always had to adapt over the centuries, from catacombs to cathedrals, to house churches, to circuit pastors serving the western expansion, to the persecuted church worldwide worshiping in hiding. We are privileged at this time in history to be able to hear the Easter message and sing songs like "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" and "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" watching a screen in our living room (in our pajamas...lol).

I've been quiet on social media for many weeks. Family and a few friends know the struggle I've been going through; both the recovery from the surgery and problems the doctors were encountering finding a next treatment plan for my cancer.  Just in the past few days, I've started to feel better and felt like writing. I had another blog written for today, but something prompted me to write this instead. The photo is named "And Everything Else Just Fades Away" and just seemed the best choice for today as I feel like some of the "clouds" of the last several weeks are starting to lift. I'll write more of an update blog later, but as a preview...the problems were overcome, and I have a new treatment plan.

And I now wish I'd told Jim to buy some jellybeans on the last grocery trip (and maybe a small chocolate bunny).

He is risen...

He is risen indeed. Hallelujah.

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