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So thankful for the cross and the empty tomb! Such good news is reason to celebrate each year at Easter. This year we made a trip to Raleigh to visit family and spend some special time together.

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It’s been a while since I’ve touched base with the blog. We’ve had a few things going on recently, but I’ve been a bit slow to update, so here’s a quick rundown of our recent adventures.

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Each year at Easter, I usually find myself pondering the road to the cross through a different perspective. The story of redemption is really so simple that even a child may come with faith and believe, yet the implications are so profoundly complex that theologians across the millennia have wrestled with these simple truths in awe. Up until this week, I didn’t really know where my thoughts were leading me this year, but the sermon at church this past Sunday sparked something in my brain that has stuck with me through the week, and it has turned out to be the significant message from Easter I’ve ponde this year.

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In the past, March never felt like that remarkable of a month to me, but this year it seems that nearly every other day is a fake or real holiday or a date of some other significance. Every time I turn around, I’m made aware of something else to celebrate or observe. Though some notable March days have been around for centuries, I’m sure part of this increase is the recent prevalence of social media, where lesser known or obscure observances are introduced to a broader audience. In a way it’s a little weird to me to have so many featured days this month, but on the other hand, after a cold, crummy, and otherwise dismal stretch since Christmas and New Years, the tiny bit of spring in the air is just enough to fuel my interest in celebrating anything at all.

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Do you ever feel that parts of your life are dead? I felt this way last year. We had just moved away from a place we’d lived for a long time. We didn’t know anybody here. We weren’t involved with anything. We were temporarily living in one location and had no idea where we would be in a few months. Other than working, which I came to DC specifically to do, and hanging out with Bart, my overall purpose in life seemed dead.

In reality, my life and purpose weren’t actually dead. This was just a Sabbath time in my life, one of rest and transition between the shape it took in Colorado and the new shape it was going to take in our new location. I learned a lot from it, and am still learning as I have the opportunity to challenge myself with new ministries, new relationships, new tasks, but in the midst of a barren time, life seemed dull and, well, lifeless.
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