If Jesus had not been born, lived here on earth, crucified and died, and then resurrected, what would we have?  If He remained in that grave, what hope would we have?  If he had not fulfilled His promise in John 14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”, what would the future be like?

This Easter has been even more sad that last year.  This Easter, I am missing you more.  You were always rejoicing with me on Easter.  You were always there to make sure that the grands had their Easter baskets.  You loved the promise of the resurrection.  You loved the picture of reunion when someone was baptized.  You loved the joy on our littles faces as they ran around the yard, searching for that last bit of candy or egg.  You laughed when one egg was forgotten and we found it months later, in the hubcap of your car.  Your laughter, your smile, your hugs are contagious.

So, this Easter, I miss that more than ever.

Even though I am sad today, I still can take comfort in knowing where you are.  Knowing that Jesus is there with you.  Knowing that He met you when you arrived.  Knowing that He awaits for me.

“I Can Only Imagine”  – the song, the movie, the words express our hope better then anything I have heard or seen.  I can only imagine, when that day comes..  Not only what it will be like to see Jesus face to face, but to, once again, hug you, kiss you, hold hands with you, dance with you.

Until that day comes, I want to live the life that God has given me.  So, on Easter I bought the kiddos their Easter baskets, I gave them candy, I went over and watched them play, search for eggs in their yard.  And, yes, I loved hearing their laughter, seeing their smiles, and getting loves, hugs, and kisses.

Father God, thank you for being there for my lovely wife.  Thank you for your promises.  Thank you for my wonderful family.  Please, God, guide me, give me wisdom, show me the right choices in my life to make that it may be a testimony of faith, and your power and love.  – Amen.