He is Risen!


We all woke up at 5a.m. and got ready for sunrise service in Fairmount Park. It is something our church has done for 10 years. We gather in the cold and dark outside on Lemon Hill. We sing. We praise Him. We drink coffee and hot chocolate and sit under blankets. We shiver. We sing some more. The service was very moving for me. I am in love with the members of my church. I love the smiling faces. I enjoy their company and get much from being with them. I was asked to speak a little bit about seeing Jesus in the rubble. As the Resurrection story describes, their is an earthquake and the stone in front of Jesus’s tomb is rolled away. Then the women see an angel who tells them and shows them that Christ is not there. I spoke about the rubble of my life. The earthquake of cancer. And the present God who carries me and loves me. It was a pleasure to speak. I wanted to cry and did. Not for myself per se. I just felt that there was a good possibility that this is my last Easter. And that was a bit sad. I love this day. When Christ rises from the dead to wash away our sin. It is a day of victory. I was quite moved to be there and it meant so much to have my husband,children, and friends around me. I was filled with joy. I felt no nagging depression or malaise. I was thankful for the Lord and that was enough.

All the kids except Alec and Clay came. Alec slept as did Clay until just before we got back home. The rest of us returned home energized and joyful. Naomi and her daughter Novella(Tiny) came with us. We made Easter baskets for the girls and boys. They were filled with just a bit of candy, mostly games and healthy snacks, and a few gift cards.The children all seemed quite pleased to sit around for a bit. Naomi made chocolate bread pudding to bring to brunch. The kids spent yesterday dyeing eggs and making molded chocolates.The eggs and candy too were part of the goodies we brought to our Easter luncheon.We all got ready and left for brunch at the home of a close friend. We all packed up and headed north for a half hour.

We arrived and were greeted by the family of our friend. A huge family of adult children and 25 cousins. We fell right into the fold. Our children ate and played games. They laughed wildly as eggs were rolled down a hill and tossed far into the air. We were so comfortable and happy to be there. Clay explored the huge forest at the bottom of the hill. Dad was close behind him of course. And so we spent the entire afternoon with 40 people who made us feel like one of the family. And I never felt sorry for myself. I never felt sad. I figured if this is my last Easter at least it was a lovely one.

11 Responses to “He is Risen!”

  1. Pamela says:

    I can hear God speak when you write. IF this is your last Easter, it will only be the last one on earth, because you will spend eternity celebrating easter in heaven! That’s where the real party begins, if you get there first, save a seat for me-I can’t wait to meet you!
    Many Blessings on this beautiful resurrection day,

  2. Dina says:

    I am so glad that you had a wonderful day. Hope to talk to you this week. Love, Dina xoxo

  3. leah says:

    i feel so happy that you had a good day, it makes me feel closer to God the way you speak about Him. I’m not religious at all, my parents are, and when i read your writing it makes me feel good.
    Happy Easter I love you!

  4. So happy for the peaceful thoughts and moments you had today. Thinking of you.

  5. Renee Khan says:

    Andrea I am glad you had some light.

    I have discovered what I think is more skin cancer from the IBC on my chest and I am feeling quite hopeless.

    I hope to come around to hope again.

  6. Alexis says:

    Hi Andrea,

    This is Joe and Melodie’s daughter, Alexis. I’m working on a project and I want to know if you’d like to be part of it. You can check it out here- http://www.modelmayhem.com/writtenlightphotos or you can e-mail me at bloodyirishwench@gmail.com

    Thanks, and happy Easter!


  7. Katie says:

    Is your dryer gas or electric?

  8. Katie says:


    I’ve found you a gas dryer for free, but I need to know if you still need it–katie@critpath.org

  9. Andrea says:

    Katie, we did get a dryer this weekend.Thank you though. Renee I am writing you an email soon.

  10. Julie says:

    Andrea Love, please email me your address!

  11. joshua says:

    great talk, great day, great post!