Yesterday as we shopped for some special things to celebrate Easter weekend, my three year old daughter suggested we “pretend it’s Easter today” – meaning that she wanted to rip open the bags and consume the special treats as soon as we got home. Waiting is hard. For me as well – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree! But waiting in hope is much better than waiting in despair. In Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are given the gift of waiting in hope. We wait in gratefulness, and in the inevitable sadness and suckitude of life, we still can say “Come, Lord Jesus.”
This weekend, we have the gift of being able to celebrate Easter with our friends at New Hope Fellowship. They meet at the Green Briar Community Center in Chantilly (4615 Stringfellow Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151). We will join them for their Easter service at 10:30 a.m., and then will help serve lunch afterward. Some of us will arrive earlier between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. (we’d love extra hands if you’d like to show up to help!) to help receive food, organize it, heat it up, and clean up afterwards. It should be a great time of celebrating together.