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Family Focus – Easter Edition

Jamie Furness    April 5, 2023    2 min read   

This year, Easter is celebrated at the beginning of April. While Christmas is probably the biggest, most-widely celebrated Christian festival, Easter is arguably the most significant. At Easter, we celebrate the greatest act of sacrificial love in history: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In a society that is becoming increasingly atomised and narcissistic, this extraordinary act stands out as a beacon of hope for the World. Even for those who don’t share the Christian faith, it’s also still a great example of how to buck the trend of society and serve others.

We may not be called upon to do some great act of life-giving service but, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” We can all just reach out to a neighbour, a friend, a colleague and check in with them. 

Perhaps it’s offering a meal to someone. Perhaps it’s inviting someone on their own for a coffee. Sometimes, simply reaching out to someone with a kind word can be enormously powerful.

Let me encourage you to consider two things: – If you’ve never really thought about the amazing Easter message, connect with one of the local churches this Easter and discover the life-giving message of Jesus; – think about one step you can take as a family this Easter to show kindness to someone else. Do it as a family and perhaps start a new tradition this Easter of doing something extraordinary for someone else.

As Christ approached the first Easter weekend, He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) In a world consumed by consuming, kindness and love stand out for all to see.

On behalf of my family and our Church, God bless you and yours this Easter.

Photo – Alicia Quan

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