Easter has always been one of my favorite times of the year. On the Sunday of the remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection, we always have wonderful music at our church, and tomorrow will be no exception. Our choirs will be joining with a small orchestra and the praise band to sing several songs, and I will have the privilege of playing my favorite instrument – the piano – instead of the flute. Gayle will be on strings in the instrumental ensemble with me backing up the singers. She will take the piano solo for the prelude, and the two of us will play the postlude as a duet in all three services with her on piano and me on the organ. I love to play duets with my sister, and I praise God for the talent with which He has blessed her. We work as well together in music as we do in writing.
I also enjoy the month preceding Easter. First the Bradford pear trees bloom, and then the daffodils and jonquils. I always look for the blooming of the dogwood trees as a sign that spring has indeed sprung. Everything is green and beautiful here now. My rose bush is heavy with blooms, my irises and lilies are ready to blossom at any time, and my yellow snapdragons are brilliant. A few days ago, I bought pots of pink begonias, pink geraniums, and Boston ferns with which to decorate my porch. The new life reminds me of my new life in Christ, and as I watch my annuals break through the ground, I think of His rising from the dead.
Tomorrow as we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, I will think of all of you. Some of you have been my friends for many years and a few of you are new friends of mine. God has richly blessed me by putting you into my life. I hope you all have a blessed Easter.
My daughter and her boyfriend decorated Easter eggs Thursday night, and I thought I would share a few pictures. If you have read Guardian and SoulFire, Melanie is my model for Elizabeth. Her boyfriend, Dylan, is the right height difference from her for Xander/Darcy, so this is actually how Elizabeth would compare to him in size. Interesting, huh?