This Easter was one of contrasts with previous years.
We attended the Sunday evening service for the first time. We experienced a wonderful worship team rather than the wonderful orchestra. The normal excitement and energy of a packed room was replaced with a more peaceful, less crowded time of worship. And no trouble parking!
Last year, Paul was awake and active and blessed many by singing the Resurrection Chant.
This year, he was mostly lethargic and slept through the service, an impact of both the new medicines he is taking and the spells he continues to have.
One thing remains the same: hope in Jesus Christ!
I soaked in one of the readings from Sunday, and invite you to do the same, from 1 Peter 1:3-7:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.