Sunrise on Easter Morning

 

First rays of sunlight

First rays of sunlight

Our son wanted to carry on our Easter tradition from boyhood days while visiting us. So, early one Easter morning before sunrise, he bundled his children in warm jackets and handed everyone a flashlight. In the dark, he guided us up the steep trailhead to a clearing and spread out a blanket. While wind whistled in the towering pines and a waterfall roared in the distance, our son taught his children the significance of Easter and Christ’s Resurrection. He asked questions and they responded with eagerness. As sunrise gradually chased away darkness and warmed our backs, we noticed that we couldn’t actually see its golden orb, because of the tall mountains behind us. But we knew it was there! In a similar way, we don’t need to see the Savior in person to feel the warmth of His love, and for His light to illuminate our path. In dawn’s early light, we took turns reading from the scriptures while sipping hot chocolate from thermoses. Finally, we knelt on the uneven ground in prayer to express gratitude for our Redeemer. What a beautiful way to celebrate Easter! Yes, later there were eggs and baskets—which the children in time will forget. But I suppose they will never forget this beautiful sunrise moment on the mountainside remembering our Savior Jesus Christ. (Do you want to try this with your children or grandchildren on Easter morning? It works just as effectively on a porch or under your favorite tree in the backyard.)

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