Easter is almost here, and I don't feel ready. My girls and I are still trying to find the right outfit and shoes and accessories and I still have to buy the ham and plan the dinner. I haven't got the malted milk candy eggs or chocolate bunnies for the Easter baskets. And I've only got a week before the big day.
If you're thinking that these things aren't necessary, you're right. They are extras.
The only necessary thing is a clear fact -- Jesus is risen from the dead. Without any other accouterment, that makes a glorious Easter.
I don't know what the women wore to the tomb on the first Easter -- it probably wasn't new; there was nothing to celebrate (at least, that's what they thought). But perspective changes everything. An empty grave and angels can do a lot for a woman's frame of mind! And they believed. Despite the skeptiscism of the men and the incredibility of the story, they held onto the truth.
Today, women still believe. We build our lives on the claims of Jesus Christ and share our news with those who doubt us. We celebrate the hope we have because of Him and let His Easter glory radiate in our everyday lives.
I hope you have a new dress for Easter Sunday--it's befitting a daughter of the Heavenly Father to dress up for this special celebration, His victory celebration through the resurrection of His Son. And I hope you reflect Him in whatever you're doing this week, even filling Easter baskets with candy eggs. It's all about Him anyway.