Easter is Joeyâ€™s favorite holiday.
It always has been. Â Not because of Easter baskets or bunnies or candy or eggs, but because today celebrates the day that Christ has risen from the dead. Â Joey loved sunrise services, and the Lordsâ€™ supper and the newness of life that Easter brought to the world. Â She would get so excited about the day coming and would talk about it for weeks, months sometimes. Â Iâ€™m embarrassed to say that my favorite holiday is still Christmas. Â Partly because of Jesusâ€™ birth, but also for a million sentimental reasons and trees and carols and the â€˜feelingâ€™ thatâ€™s in the air that time of year. Â I still have a lot of growing in my faith to do I guess.
I canâ€™t help but think of my bride today. Â To remember all the Easterâ€™s weâ€™ve spent together over the years and what this morning would be like if she were still here with us. Â What it would mean to her to share Easter this year with our two-year-old. Â It would be so, so special.
Thereâ€™s a Bible verse that I have been thinking a lot about latelyâ€¦ John 3:30. Â It says, â€œHe must become greater; I must become less.â€ Â I know that the context of the verse is John the baptist talking about Jesusâ€™ ministry growing as his will become less. Â ButÂ I think of that verse today because of Indiana. Â And because of Joey.
Indy has not asked for her mama. Â Not one single time since Joeyâ€™s been gone. Â Itâ€™s almost as if she hasnâ€™t noticed that sheâ€™s not here. Â And that is so sadâ€¦ and oh, so wonderful â€“ all at the same time.
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