I love my Savior. I think of Him throughout my day, nearly every day. I try to follow His example.
When Easter comes, I want to commemorate His Atonement in a way that is memorable, meaningful, and respectful. I'm grateful that Easter is not commercialized to the extent that Christmas is, and yet, possibly because Easter is a little less "on the radar" so to speak, some years I let the holiday sneak past me, without really pondering the significance of all that it commemorates.
This morning I was determined not to do that. I woke up, resolved to have a good day, a spiritual day, a day of love and joy and peace.
Unfortunately, I didn't confer with Heather before I made that resolution.
I'm not sure what was going on with Her Little Highness, but this morning turned out to be a tough one. Generally pretty easy-going, Heather was not so much today. Actually, she was downright needy, crotchety, grouchy, and demanding. I eventually responded with impatience, frustration, and despair.
By about 9:15 a.m., we were both in tears.
At 9:30, I put the princess down for her morning nap, and went in to style my hair and re-apply the make-up that I'd cried off. As I mourned the loss of my spiritual Easter (because really, how could I salvage the day after I'd had a morning like that?), I decided to go to my Church website and see if I could find a talk or something else that I could listen to that might help me feel better.
This is what I found. It's four and a half minutes long, and it has made all the difference for me today.
"Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. . . Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said, 'I will not leave you comfortless. [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].'
My . . .plea at Easter time is that these scenes of Christ’s lonely sacrifice, laced with moments of denial and abandonment and, at least once, outright betrayal, must never be reenacted by us. He has walked alone once. Now, may I ask that never again will He have to confront sin without our aid and assistance, that never again will He find only unresponsive onlookers when He sees you and me along His Via Dolorosa in our present day. As we approach this holy week—Passover Thursday with its Paschal Lamb, atoning Friday with its cross, Resurrection Sunday with its empty tomb—may we declare ourselves to be more fully disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, not in word only and not only in the flush of comfortable times but in deed and in courage and in faith, including when the path is lonely and when our cross is difficult to bear. This Easter week and always, may we stand by Jesus Christ 'at all times and in all things, and in all places that [we] may be in, even until death,' for surely that is how He stood by us when it was unto death and when He had to stand entirely and utterly alone. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. "
--Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Happy Easter to you all.