These are the Easter cookies I made last night. I should have taken the pictures before I bagged them because the bags cause a terrible glare. No big deal – just simple sugar cookies with the easiest frosting ever. 1 1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons of milk. Use more or less milk depending on the consistency you want. I used my expensive cookie cutters from the Dollar Tree and sprinkles I found on sale. I think they look pretty. Rachel wanted to take them to her teachers, para’s, teacher’s kids, etc. so I’ll soon be off to deliver.
Day before yesterday, I asked Rachel if she knew why we celebrated Easter. She said, “He is risen.” I said, “Who is risen?” She said, “I don’t know but I know about the ABLE Act and $2,000!” She does know and understand that Easter is about Jesus death cross and for her the focal point is that He is risen. When she was baptized in the fall, she told the minister that Jesus rescued her. This is not a term we would have used so God gave it to her in some manner. She is right. God did rescue each and every one of us. “For by grace you are saved and not by works so that no man (woman) may boast.”(Ephesians 2:8-9 paraphrased)
Today is Good Friday. Rachel, in her own precious way, understand that Jesus rescued her. I have so many favorite Easter songs. On old favorite is “At the Cross.”
“Was it for crimes that I have done He groaned upon that tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown and love beyond degree.”
Another is a more contemporary song I fell in love with during college and the days when I heard the New Creations of University Baptist Church in Fayetteville on a regular basis. “It is Finished.” Teletestai – some of Jesus last words on the cross.
“It is finished. The battle is over.
It is finished. They’ll be no more war.
It is finished. The end of all conflict.
It is finished and Jesus in Lord.”
I hope that on this Good Friday you have been to the cross and it is finished for you as well.