It is time for Flashback Friday, if you would like to join in click on the button above and get the complete prompt from Linda. Its that wonderful time of Easter and our prompt this week concerns the real reason we celebrate Easter.
I have often sat and read the story in my Bible and pondered over everything. Can you imagine how Mary actually felt when she went to the tomb and he was no longer there. Wow, usually I end up wiping tears when I really start thinking about what Jesus really did for us. I want to share something that took place back when I was Youth Leader while my daughter was a teenager. I am not sure how many of you have ever heard of "The Great Passion Play" at Eureka Springs, AR., you can click here for more information. I have watched the play numerous times and each time see something I had not seen before. If you are ever in Arkansas I highly recommend stopping in here, you will not be sorry.
Okay, back to my story, one of our visits to the area I made arrangements with the directors for my teen youth group to be extras in the play, if they wanted to participate. We divided them and participated on a Thursday and Friday night. My daughter was one of the participants, all of them played villagers. There were mentors for every 2 kids. My daughter and a friend actually were able not only be part of the crowd, but they were able to wave the palms when Jesus came into town on the donkey. She said "It was strange mom you know it is a play, but it is so real, you feel like it is really happening, that you are really there." And later when Jesus is tied to the post and they are beating Him, she said she wanted to yell, "Stop, stop." She said she actually teared up. There were several different scenes they were in and it definitely had an impact on those kids. So I can't help but get emotional when I am studying His word and thinking about all He went through just so we can have a home in Heaven! What an awesome God!
I Hope All Of You Have A Wonderful Blessed Easter!
until next time... nel