Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Gift of Hope

 A Christ Centered Easter

"And after this Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave.

He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein was never man yet laid." (John 19:38-41)

It is the giving that captures my heart in these scriptures.

Giving up of the secrecy to care for the body.

Giving up of the myrrh and aloes...that which must have come at great cost.

Giving up of their time.

In my minds eye I see two men, turned disciples, caring for the body of the Lord.

With tenderness, they carefully prepared the body and placed it in the new sepulcher.

I wonder, amidst their careful preparations, was there an inkling of the hope that was about to spring forth from that garden in three days time?

After the giving, and after the grieving, there would be life once more.

The greatest gift.

The gift that would console every grief.

Perhaps we forget that Easter is a time for giving.  It is a celebration of the greatest gift ever given.

Living Deliberately:

Maybe this week we could learn from Nicodemus and Joseph.  In our family we decided to carefully prepare a gift that we will deliver just before Easter.  A gift of hope.  Each of my children prepared their own gift basket, and each will chose who the recipient will be.

We wanted it to be a gift of hope.

In representation of new life, and the giving that took place in the garden, we planted wheat baskets.

Here are the instructions in case you would like to try it.

1.  You will need to purchase wheat berries from a health food section and a bag of planting soil.

2.  Find a pot that drains well.

3.  Put the dirt into the pot and pack it down.

 

4.  Carefully place the wheat on top of the dirt, completely covering the dirt.

5.  Place a tiny bit of dirt over the wheat to keep it moist when you water.

6.  Water the wheat morning and night...make sure it stays moist.

7.  The wheat will begin to sprout in about three days time.

8.  When the grass has grown, we will drop them off secretly on somebody's porch.

A gift of hope.