An Easter People

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I love our Church, and that we are an Easter people. Christ is risen! Alleluia!

The last several months have been both wonderful and challenging for our family. Our life is in transition as we prepare for our daughter, Claire, to graduate from high school and head off to college, and for our son, Patrick, to enter high school this fall.

After 18 years of being at home — first with babies, then with small children, then while homeschooling children through middle school — I will no longer have anyone in the house during the day. Facing this changing reality has been hard.

In saying this, I recognize that my upcoming changes are minor challenges compared to the significant struggles of others.

Many people I love have gone through enormous trials and tremendous suffering this past year. In all of this, Christ asks us to trust in Him. Sometimes this is hard. I have moments where I feel overwhelmed, and anxious about what the future holds. Then, through God’s infinite grace, I have an experience which reminds me that Christ is in charge, and that good can emerge out of tragedy and suffering.

A few years ago, David and I traveled to the big island of Hawaii. While visiting Volcanoes National Park, we saw sections of the park where lava had covered everything in its path — roads, hills, trees, and even highway signs. As I walked on thick layers of black rock, I was struck by something incredible: shooting up from cracks in the black lava were small plants. Life had found a way. To me, this represented hope — that even in the midst of destruction and desolation can come beauty, goodness, and new life!

DSC_0266We never know what God is up to. He is a God of surprises. Just like the surprise of green plants bursting through hard, black volcanic rock, He is working out goodness and hope in the midst of blackness and hardness of our lives. Christ is planting His grace, peace, and hope in our souls so that we, too, can burst through and be a witness of His great love to the world.

Pope Benedict XVI said, “The Easter proclamation spreads throughout the world with the joyful song of the Alleluia. Let us sing it with our lips, and let us sing it above all with our hearts and our lives.”

May you all embrace this Easter joy, knowing that Christ has an incredible plan for your lives!

Christ is risen. Alleluia!

With great joy,
Margaret

Comments

  1. Sarah Curtis says:

    Absolutely beautiful Margaret! I miss you and now that your house will be a little quieter next year maybe we can reconnect and chat on the phone more often. Every time I think I am ready to go back to work, God pulls me back in and shows me something else He wants me to do….a bible study, a church group, volunteer work at the school, serving the homeless, or just making sure there is a nice meal on the table…there is so much to do and you will be needed more than ever! Love you my friend!

    • Margaret Bereit says:

      Hi Sarah! Oh, how I miss you my friend! Thank you for your words of wisdom! You are an amazing woman and I am blessed to call you my friend! Let’s definitely talk on the phone! God bless you and your sweet family!

  2. Theresa Rousseau says:

    Beautifully written Margaret! and I love the picture of hope!

  3. Margaret, what a beautiful reflection!

  4. Beth Merriman says:

    Margaret,
    You sum up what a lot of us are feeling beautifully. Change is hard and letting go of our children to spread their wings after so many years of giving them roots is especially difficult but that is what we are supposed to do and trust in God that we have taught them well. Thanks for sharing and reminding us that God is always there for us through these difficult times. Love you my friend!

  5. Hi Margaret,
    I really like this blog. The posts are high quality. Now that you will have more time on your hands – there are so many different ways that you are able to serve the Lord and helping others in their role of sharing faith at home is a really important part of Christian witness. The book who moved my cheese is really good book about when times change and we need to hunt for ‘cheese’ in new locations. God bless! from Robert

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