Jeff Davis- 2018
What a wondrous time is spring, When all the trees are budding, The birds begin to sing, the flowers start their blooming; That’s how it is with God’s love, Once you’ve experienced it. You want to sing, it’s fresh like spring, You want to pass it on.
Those words are from Pass It On, a song I sang at several Easter services as part of the Youth Choir at the church I grew up attending. It’s one of my lasting and favorite memories of Easter as a kid. I still love singing this song today, although I do admit it may be a little hokey. And, although contrary to the weather we are experiencing, the spring described above will eventually come to pass.
Looking back, and assessing myself currently, I realize that it is difficult to act the way that the song’s lyrics describe – relaying to others the joy and wonder that the experience of God’s love has in your life. It is hard, at least for me, to start the conversation about how God’s love has made mine and my family’s life, for lack of a better word, joyous. And nothing shows God’s love more than the Easter season we are celebrating now – commemorating the sacrifice that was made for us by God, having his Son pay the ultimate price for the forgiveness of our sins. On top of that, Jesus then rises from the dead to prepare a place for us in Heaven. How can that not demand both our joy and wonder?
So, in reflecting on Easters past, it made me realize that as much as it is up to me, I need to share the joy that comes from experiencing God’s love with my family, friends and anyone else. With the foundation of God’s love holding us up, hopefully we all can do that, not only during the Easter season, but always. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16