(mary and the resurrected Christ by simon dewey)
i keep thinking about how wonderful a holiday it is. i do love the spring celebration, the pastels, the eggs and celebrating the rebirth of all around us. and tonight i find myself thinking about what all these things are meant to represent, the true meaning of the holiday, which continues to resonate in my soul. Christ rose again and broke the bands of death and hell for all mankind. please indulge me while i share a few of my thoughts on the importance of this event.
i have been studying and thinking a lot about hope. after having faith, the scriptures teach us hope is essential in order to have the greatest gift, charity. and what is it we should hope for? "behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise" (moroni 7:41). this verse to me makes the trivials of daily life seem so unimportant. faith and hope leads us to charity and eternal joy with Christ and our families- it's just the perspective i need to think about as constantly as a human being can.
i have struggled since i was a child with dark thoughts, irrational fears, and negativity. the adversary knows well what will drain me of hope. as i have been making a conscious effort to not indulge the ugly thoughts, but dare to hope for good things to come, for peace, for guidance through trials, for wonderful moments, i've seen miracles happen in my life. small ones, but the kind that get you through. the kind you can build on, line upon line (see isaiah 28:10).
the kind that testifies to my soul that this verse is true: "wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God" (ether 12:4).
i know that without the life, atonement, and resurrection of Christ there would be nothing to hope for. life would end at death, if we were even permitted to live, that is. but with Christ's sacrifice we can have peace in this life and eternal life in the world to come. he is risen! he is risen! tell it out with joyful voice! he has burst his three days' prison; let the whole wide earth rejoice! death is conquered, man is free, Christ hath won the victory! i am so grateful for that truth, and for Christ's assurance: "they that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick" (matthew 9:12). i am ever so sick... and ever so hopeful in my physician.