Spreading Resurrection Joy

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Before we celebrate Resurrection joy on Easter morning, we also recall Jesus’ death on Good Friday—a day of disappointment and sorrow.

Do you know someone who seems sad? Someone who is sick, unemployed, or has lost a loved one? What could you do to cheer them? Here are a few ideas you or your family could carry out to show your care and God’s love for the sorrowing.

  • Paint a small clay pot with a pretty design. Plant flower seeds or a bulb such as a hyacinth in potting soil. Include a note, and leave it on someone’s doorstep as a surprise.
  • Deliver a bouquet of flowers. Buy them, pick them from your garden, or even make a bunch of flowers from construction paper and pipe cleaner stems. Add a perky bow and a cheery note.
  • Cover an empty jar (such as from pickles or peanut butter) and fill it with verses from the Bible that speak of joy or hope. Psalm 119 and other psalms are a good place to start. Tie on a tag with the instructions: “A verse a day chases the blues away. We are praying for you.”
  • Make homemade bread and deliver loaves of “Bread of Life,” and invite people to church for Easter.

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26 NIV).

About Lydia Harris

Lydia E. Harris is happily married to Milt, her sweetheart for 48 years. She has two married children, five grandkids, and is the author of a Bible study, "Preparing My Heart for Grandparenting" (AMG Publishers, 2010 release). She's also a tea enthusiast and writes the column "A Cup of Tea with Lydia."

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