Sometimes it’s hard to share the message of Easter. While everyone is focusing on candy, egg hunts and fluffy bunnies, who wants to hear about a prisoner being sadistically tortured?
My friend tried to explain to her daughter the significance of Easter and Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. Her daughter’s pig-tails bounced as she nodded and listened intently. Finally, after a pause the little girl asked, “And where does the Easter bunny fit in?”
Bunnies, egg hunts and spring flowers fit in well this time of year because the earth around us is undergoing rebirth. The shroud of winter’s death is being sloughed off and the new life of spring is pulsating forth. Birds are singing, daffodils are blooming and the air is sweet with the scent of new life.
But even sweeter is the news that our lives can burst forth with new life no matter how stupid our choices have been or how awful the sins we have endured at the hands of others. We too can emanate the sweet smell of new life when we identify with Jesus’ death and allow the miracle of rebirth—him living through us—to spring forth from within.
If you have a friend who likes gardening or appreciates a stroll through beautiful landscapes, you can share the message of hope with the book Gardening Mercies: Finding God in your Garden.
In gardens we are up close and personal to God’s daily miracles of creation, death, and rebirth—life itself. But life, like gardening, can be messy, dirty and hard. Digging into the struggles and joys we face daily, such as discerning God’s will, coping with crushed hopes, and learning to love, Gardening Mercies provides inspiration and instruction for all the seasons of our lives.
-Discover how God is working in you, despite your past mistakes.
-Grow a deeper reverence for and friendship with God.
-Start the process of healing from painful moments in your life.
Filled with tips on gardening, flower arranging, bountiful living and book club discussion questions, Gardening Mercies will be a blessing in any basket.
Available on Amazon- paperback or kindle.