Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Countdown to Graduation: 14 months

As of April 1, there are 14 months left until Andy's graduation! As spring approaches, the time left seems much more tolerable than ever before. Perhaps that's because longer days and warmth, and being outside, bring a feeling of hope. Perhaps it's because I know that next spring is when he will be graduating, and so I can feel us closing in on one more year. Perhaps it's because 14 months sounds like a much shorter time than 20 months. Or perhaps it's that I had given up complaining, especially about work and related tiredness, for Lent. Whatever the reason, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously, this is all pending Andy finding a job. But I am hopeful that accounting jobs will be more prevalent than many other fields' jobs.

I also told my work that I will be cutting down to part time in August. I had been hoping to wait a little longer to tell them, but they were thinking of changing my schedule so that I can help out in another location, and so I felt I needed to be honest with them. I am waiting to hear whether they can allow me to cut back to 20 hours and whether I can cut one evening off my schedule as well so that I only work one evening a week rather than two. Again I am hopeful about this, but I will be grateful for any chance to slow down a little and also know that if I can't, it's not a lot longer until I can stay home nearly full-time.

Easter Blessings

Happy Easter to all! I hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Easter!

I find myself more amazed this year by all that Christ has done for us than I have been in the past and feel very blessed by that realization. I imagine what it may have been like seeing that empty tomb or walking to Emmaus before realizing that Jesus had actually risen from the dead. We take it for granted now, which decreases the amazement and wonder we feel when we think of the Resurrection. Jesus' disciples had put all their eggs in one basket, so to speak. They had given up everything to follow this man who they believed would do something wonderful for the Jewish community and build a strong earthly kingdom for them. Instead, their fearless and humble leader was put to death - and death on the cross of all things. They were likely incredulous and heartbroken. Jesus' death seemingly signified loss of everything they had built their lives and their hope around. What would they do now? Would they also be put to death?

But luckily for the disciples, and luckily for us, it didn't end there. Christ rose, and His rising not only brought the disciples' hope back but also gave them a greater mission: to spread this incredible news and to spread the ministry Jesus had begun. Imagine their surprise. Imagine their joy!

Imagine also if this world were all there was, if we lived in this exile and had no hope for heavenly eternity with God. If Christ had not died, we would be trapped by the gravity of our sins. If Christ had not risen, this world would be all that was possible for us; the heavens would not be opened up. Even on this earth, Christ reversed the chasm formed between God and us that had been formed after the fall. Instead of a God who gave multiple books of laws, Jesus taught us to call God "Daddy" and filled in that chasm between God and us. He became human, inviting us to relate to Himself, and became the new covenant, a covenant of love and mercy. While God is not as obviously present to us as He originally was to Adam and Eve, we are once again invited to have an intimate relationship with Him.

We are a blessed people. May we all know His great love and mercy intimately and place our trust in Him!