He. Is. RISEN!!

Easter overwhelms me. More than birthdays or summer vacation or fireworks on the Fourth of July or even Christmas, Easter gets to me. Every time. This year was no exception, and it’s taken me a couple of days to process it (partly because I’ve been sick through it all and the fog in my head is just now clearing.) The sheer JOY of Easter Day is uncontainable. Just like the grave could not keep Him from rising again, this mortal body of mine cannot contain the joy in my heart that Easter brings!

As a church musician, we go through it all. We Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence as we Go to Dark Gethsemane. We play and sing the songs of Lent, which are necessary, and because music is my worship, they drain me physically. I sing the words in my head as I play through the Lenten season, working my way to the cross. By the time I get to the JOY of HE IS RISEN and the songs that go with it, my heart is a wrung-out, dry sponge just waiting to soak up all that Christ died to give me.

And maybe that’s the point. How could I ever know and appreciate all that Christ did for me if I live only in the Easter days of my life? I must experience the grief and shame weighed-down of Christ’s Sacred Head, Now Wounded before I can truly appreciate the victory that came when Up From the Grave He Arose to conquer sin and death! Christ, The Lord, Is Risen Today so that I could have LIFE and have it abundantly!! “The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now.”

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, OH GLORIOUS DAY!!!!

Click here to listen to Casting Crowns Glorious Day.

Featured image by my daughter in law, Emily Price. May your heart’s Easter basket be filled with the goodness of our glorious God!!

 

 

Advertisements

STAY!

Happy Easter y’all! HE IS RISEN!!!!! Please enjoy these thoughts from last year. They still resonate in my heart and soul and, I hope, in yours.

Martha Robertson Art

He is Risen! Christ The Lord is Risen as He said. Up from the Grave He Arose with a mighty triumph over his foes. Christ is Risen from the Dead. Because He Lives I can face tomorrow. All the wonderful songs and hymns of Easter are running through my mind this morning.

Was it a morning like this? Outside my window the sun is rising and painting the sky baby blues and pinks, light wispy clouds float over a quiet earth. Birds are just beginning their morning songs.

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” “They have taken The Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” Peter and John saw the burial cloths lying where His body had been, the…

View original post 255 more words

Because He Lives (Amen)

I woke up to daylight and birds singing this morning. I love that early morning quiet sound of the house before its business as usual. I heard the sound of planes soaring overhead and my dogs anxious to go outside. And in my head, Matt Maher was singing this verse to his song, Because He Lives (Amen).

I WAS DEAD IN THE GRAVE
I WAS COVERED IN SIN AND SHAME
I HEARD MERCY CALL MY NAME 
HE ROLLED THE STONE AWAY

Mercy called my name. I love how God sings over me while I sleep and gives me a thought that will stay with me all day. Today “Mercy called my name” will stay in my heart and give me light and hope when I need it.

AMEN
AMEN 
I’M ALIVE
I’M ALIVE
BECAUSE HE LIVES
AMEN
AMEN
LET MY SONG JOIN THE ONE THAT NEVER ENDS
BECAUSE HE LIVES

I am alive because Jesus lives. I know we are not yet to Easter and He is Risen, but HE IS RISEN! As Christians, we must let the whole world see the joy of the risen Lord written all over us!

BECAUSE HE LIVES
I CAN FACE TOMORROW
BECAUSE HE LIVES
EVERY FEAR IS GONE
I KNOW HE HOLDS MY LIFE MY FUTURE IN HIS HANDS

Amen. Amen.

Click here to listen to Because He Lives (Amen).

 

Wait for it…

I’m not a good waiter… As in “one who waits.” Patience is NOT my best thing. I’ve gotten better at it through the years, but there’s not as much to wait for! As a kid, we waited for everything… Christmas, birthdays, dinner, dessert, play time, school to start, school to end, and (dare I say it given the last few weeks in Kentucky?) snow days… How often we were told to be patient! 

Easter is my favorite holiday and my favorite day in the church year. So the Lenten season seems interminable for me. Don’t get me wrong. I love the Lenten hymns and their sorrowful beauty. I love the lyrics and all their meaning as they carry us toward the cross. But Easter morning? Nothing compares. So this Lenten time of waiting for the joy of the resurrection is hard for me. I’m not supposed to sing Alleluia, yet my heart still sings “He Is Risen!” I know I’m supposed to select songs of the cross for prelude or offertory, but can I help it if I’m drawn to jazz arrangements??

For me, one of the joys of being a Christian is knowing the end of the story!! Yes, Lent helps me remember Jesus and the sacrifice He made for me; but since I’ve accepted His precious and gracious gift of salvation, I am His. My future is secure. I know my final destination and Home is where my heart is. I cannot be sad during this time of Lent. I can only look forward to Easter morning when we finally, unabashedly, and with our whole hearts can say HE IS RISEN!!! ALLELUIA!!!!!! 

Click here to read Easter Thoughts, another post about the joy I feel at Easter time… There are many ☺️

 

Still humming

I’m still on an Easter high! Still humming with resurrection joy in my heart, even though it is spring in Kentucky and I’m battling allergies like crazy. Still so thankful the stone was rolled away from the tomb and Mary found it empty. The song in my head this morning fits right in…

Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake,
come and rise up from the grave.
Christ is risen from the dead.
We are one with Him again.
Come awake, come awake.
Come and rise up from the grave.

O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive! He’s alive!

This is a Matt Maher song from his album Alive Again. I love the way this song begins…

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to Him who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely You’ve bled for us

I love to play with words, to take a phrase an out emphasis on a different word each time to see how the meaning changes. It also helps my heart to hear it better.

CHRIST is risen from the dead.
Christ IS risen from the dead.
Christ is RISEN from the dead!
Christ is risen FROM the dead.
Christ is risen from THE dead.
Christ is risen from the DEAD!!

It happened. It’s not a fairy tale or a myth. It is one of the most documented facts in history. And if He is risen from the dead, then He is alive. And if He can open that sealed tomb, then He can open a sealed and bruise heart.

Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scheme of hell, no scoffer’s crown
No burden great can hold You down
In strength You reign
Forever let Your church proclaim… CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD!!

I am the church, I am part of the body of Christ, I am His bride. And my heart is singing this morning that Christ IS risen from the dead!

Listen to Matt sing this song at the K-Love studios.

20140424-061814.jpg

STAY!

He is Risen! Christ The Lord is Risen as He said. Up from the Grave He Arose with a mighty triumph over his foes. Christ is Risen from the Dead. Because He Lives I can face tomorrow. All the wonderful songs and hymns of Easter are running through my mind this morning.

Was it a morning like this? Outside my window the sun is rising and painting the sky baby blues and pinks, light wispy clouds float over a quiet earth. Birds are just beginning their morning songs.

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” “They have taken The Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” Peter and John saw the burial cloths lying where His body had been, the head-piece folded neatly and laid separately from the other. They saw and believed and went back to their homes. (John 20)

Mary stayed. The woman who had the most forgiven, stayed. Still searching for Jesus, still hoping to find out what happened to his body, devoted till the last. And her perseverance paid off. The man she thought was the “gardener” spoke her name, and she knew it was Jesus, her Lord. Mary had the sweet and wonderful privilege of running to tell the others, “I have seen The Lord!!!”

Mary stayed. She didn’t run away and hide from the Jews. She didn’t go and sit down, waiting to see what happens next. She went to the last place where she had seen Jesus, where she knew he would be. And even though the tomb was empty, she didn’t run away. She stayed. And her perseverance was rewarded with The Lord himself speaking her name.

What happens if I stay? Stay in the Word of God, stay grounded and rooted in my faith in God, stay close to The Lord through studying His word and singing songs of praise, stay active and loyal to my own body of believers, my church. What happens if I stay, if I keep on, if I continue, if I persevere in all these things?

I hear the precious voice of Jesus speak my name. And I have the privilege of running to share the good news with others that I HAVE SEEN THE LORD!!! And He is alive.