One For You, Two For Me

Hey friends! It’s a gloomy kind of day here in Atlanta. We just had some pretty awful thunderstorms roll through the area last night, which included a tornado warning—at 5 am. But the rain and the overcast skies kind of matched my mood this morning.

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You see, today is no ordinary Friday, it’s Good Friday. And, of course, that means in two days it will be Easter Sunday. I realize that this holiday may not have the same meaning for you as it does for me, and that’s ok! But for me, it’s a day that invites me into reflection—about who I am, what I believe, and what this day means to me.

I decided to make myself a cup of Spring Blossom (the perfect counter to a gloomy day with it’s bright fragrance and beautiful color) and just be still for a while and reflect. Here’s what I came up with as I waited for my tea to steep.

For me, today is a day about sacrifice—the sacrifice of my Savior for someone even like me. You know—the one who’s more liable to say “one for you, two for me”, or the one who usually thinks her way is the best way. Heck, I’m not even willing to sacrifice my share of the chocolate chip cookies, much less my life for someone else!

But to Jesus, none of that matters. It doesn’t matter how unworthy I am or how many times I will disobey Him or even deny Him. All that matters is how much He loves me. And because of that love, He took the punishment for me. So, for me, today is also a day for hope—because I know the price for my missteps has already been paid for and I don’t have to do it all on my own. And because of what happened on that Sunday morning thousands of years ago, it means that there is hope for me beyond this lifetime.

I know! Such deep thoughts while I wait for my tea to steep, but honestly, sometimes that’s just where I do some of my best thinking (which isn’t necessarily saying much!). 🤷🏻‍♀️ Leaving you with these thoughts, but I promise that the next time we talk, it won’t be so heavy.

However you celebrate this holiday, I’m wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter!

~Chris