Happy Easter everyone! Today I am just sharing a few beautiful spring scenes that I am enjoying on this blessed Easter Sunday and the outdoor display I created for this sacred holiday. Are you tired of all the negative news in the world today, especially during this unprecedented pandemic? Well, I have some GOOD NEWS for you! Jesus is Risen!
A few days ago my friend Cindy of County Road 407 shared a beautiful Easter cross that she had just set up in her front yard. I was inspired to do the same! I asked my husband to put together a little cross using any scrap wood he could find in the garage. I adorned the cross with a small wreath and a few faux faux lilies to represent the crown of thorns on our savior’s beautiful head. I draped some white and wine colored satin ribbon to represent the precious blood of the spotless lamb that was freely given to wash away our sins and heal us!
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
As I was taking pictures I noticed how perfectly the newly bloomed Japanese maple and dogwood trees across the street match the ribbons on the cross, creating such a lovely scene as you come upon our home. God has used the beauty of nature and the rebirth of spring to comfort me during this current trial.
The dogwood trees on our street bloomed a few days ago, just in time to commemorate holy week.
Are you familiar with the legend of the dogwood tree and how it relates to Easter?
Here are a few other spring blooms I am enjoying on this lovely Easter Sunday…
Chives, oregano and thyme
The first blooms of special paperwhites which were divisions taken from the original paperwhites that my Great Grandmother grew on her farm back in the 1930’s and given to me as a birthday present last spring by my mother.
This baby weeping cherry tree was a birthday gift, newly planted last week when it was still in bloom. The tree provided the sweetest little spot to set up my good news display. Many neighbors and strangers who have been taking walks or driving around our beautiful neighborhood have waved, given thumbs-up, or made positive comments about the display. As I was just finishing setting up the chalkboard and easel, an elderly gentleman was walking by and said,
“Easter may be different for us all this year, but one thing has not changed. Jesus is still on the throne!”
Amen! Jesus is risen indeed! Go and spread the GOOD NEWS!
He Is Risen
28 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone a]from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”
8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
Have a blessed Easter!
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