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Easter: Faith & Fun Collide

Copy of Jesus Is RisenAs a child, Easter was a time of great joy!

School was out and us kids ran and played with the abandon of Youth. Kite flying was an event we looked forward to with great anticipation.

Good Friday we knew, no meats there could be, but of the sweets we would consume all we could eat.

There was a fable circulating about putting an egg in a glass of rainwater and it would show you your future, I was always afraid of what it may show so I never did it.

Kites were the order of the day and the older kids were the experts. We would trudge behind them to what we called the “back-dam” a few miles in the back where no one lived, there were just trees and animals to pick the wild paste, a glue that we would use to paste the kite paper together and young bamboo that would be malleable enough to bend and twist to make the “head” on the kite that would carry the wind in a certain way and the kite would sing (a loud whistling sound).

There would be kite competitions and the grand finale would be on Easter Monday. Kite flying, food and playing.

The History of Kite-flying 

Where did kites come come from? Per the American Kite fliers Association, kites were flown in China and the Malay Archipelago two to three thousand years ago. It is purported that kites were invented in China.

Back then they were used primarily for military purposes. Kites were even used to catch fish by early natives living in the South Sea Islands.

Kites were studied as a way to understand aerodynamics and electricity.

As kite flying spread to Europe compliments of Marco Polo, it soon got to North and South America. Enter my life in South America.

Kite Flying and Christianity

For Christians, kite flying is a symbol of Christ’s ascension to the heavens. As taught to us when the kite does up in the air it signifies the scriptural ascent of Jesus to the heavens.

This year Easter Monday will not be the same.

 

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A typical kite made in Guyana, I was quite proficient at making them in my youth
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The wooden frames the ‘bare bones’ of the operations

The day Jesus would leave the earth began as any other, He was speaking to his disciples and as always giving them directives of how they were to continue living.

Jesus commanded his disciples that they should not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the father.

Acts 1:9 — When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

9And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

The angels then spoke to them…

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Ephesians 1:20  — That he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.

“Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”.

The disciples then returned to Jerusalem as Jesus directed and when the day of Pentecost had come, to the upper room and them being in one accord and in one place.

Suddenly there was a mighty rushing wind from heaven and filled the house where they were and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in tongues.

God had promised that in the last days He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh.

It warms to heart to read God’s promises, the promised Holy Spirit resides with us, praise God.

He is indeed our comforter, our guide and reminds us gently of those things we need to do and even of those things that we have done wrong.

The only Spirit gives us utterance on prayers especially in times we do not know what to say. 

My heart bursts with joy about Jesus especially this year as I witness the “goodness” of humankind.

Lots of love, peace, blessings and safety to you all. 

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Egg Hunting While Social Distancing

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Snookums & Easter Egg hunt In My Neighborhood, there are eggs in the basket, we did not take all, he left some for the other kids, lol.

Our homeowners association decided to hide the eggs in the common areas, so the neighborhood kids practiced social distancing while easter eggs hunting.

A bit sad to see they cannot play together.

The choice for the kids were very appropriate, as the treats could be washed.

The sky seems clear but it was pouring this morning and looks like we are in for another downpour, but God is gracious giving us a respite so that the kids can have a wee bit of fun.

This is 2020 Easter Sunday in Dallas.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Be blessed, stay safe!

 

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Jesus Is Alive

He is Risen

Jesus Has Risen

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 

Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

How fortunate were the two Mary’s, to be the first to hear the good news.

That Jesus was risen.

To be able to meet Jesus in the flesh and see Him in his resurrected body.

It was finished and fulfilled, God’s plan for redemption if his list children…man. Jesus had defeated death and in so doing granted us eternal life.

What a act of love for us that He laid his life down to redeem us.

That he sweated drops of blood during his crucifixion and suffered unknown horrors. He was always willing to pay the price.

Now when Jesus was resurrected, Saints who had fallen asleep were resurrected also! Just as a byproduct of the sheer force of that resurrection power!

Jesus continued to appear to and comfort his disciples for 40 days until his ascension.

Lord Jesus, I/we am grateful for your sacrifice. Especially now as we cower in the valley with fear, please guide us, protect us and comfort us. 

Be safe, be well, be blessed!

Jesus is Lord and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.