It’s Good Friday, and to be honest… I was a bit torn whether or not to share about a dress today. My heart has felt heavy all week with how commercialized Easter is – the focus solely on a bunny rather than The Lamb. And it’s not that I don’t love the fun spring aspects that go into this weekend, but I just am so deeply rooted to the true meaning behind Easter. After all, the true meaning of Easter is what I live my life entirely for! But I think the healthy balance that I strive for on this blog always includes both faith and the fun, and that mix is what I wanted to share here today!
So, this dress. This dress is 3 years old! It was originally purchased for my college graduation party and I couldn’t get enough of it at the time! Well, countless weddings, baby showers, and two Easters later… I’m still in love with this dress. I have dressed it up with strappy heels, dressed it down with Jack Rogers, and this past Saturday… I styled it this way as it was down pouring as I was getting ready for a baby shower! I still wanted to be ‘springy’ yet not freeze, so this outfit came together. It’s the most casual I’ve ever styled the dress, but yet I still received so many sweet compliments on the look that day at the shower and then out running errands afterwards! It’s also amazing to me how versatile a good blazer is and how handy they come in when the weather is in between. Sometimes, a light sweater just doesn’t cut it… but a blazer actually provides a bit of warmth!
So, this may sound silly…but I can’t help thinking about the fact that I’ve worn this dress with my brother-in-law who passed away just over a year and a half ago. Actually, the first time I wore this dress… Tim was at my graduation party. I’ll never forget that my sister-in-law Katie and I made him take a photo with us in my parents entry way and Tim pretended to be weirded out with our overwhelming hug pose. He secretly loved it.
Isn’t that crazy? 3 years ago. And this may also seem crazy, but I deeply connect to Jesus’ pain and suffering on the cross more than ever since I watched Tim take his final earthly breath. Before Tim, I had never watched someone pass away. And it changed my life. And it made Jesus’ death and sacrifice for me… for ALL of us…so real.
Without the holiday we celebrate this weekend, my brother-in-law wouldn’t be in Heaven. I wouldn’t be able to see him again. And my sinful nature on this earth would be the end of me. The end of all of us.
Now THAT, is what is crazy. Crazy and beautiful and absolutely amazing. That we are so loved that the craziness is TRUTH. Truth I believe with my whole heart.
I wrote a really personal post about more on this and recalling Tim’s death in THIS POST last year. A year ago today, I still mean every word.
I’d also love to invite anyone reading and in the Bay Area to church with us this Sunday! This invitation is open each and every Sunday, but I definitely understand the stirring in us all that comes with the ‘need to go to church on Easter’ scenario. You’re not alone. And my husband Sam and I would love to have you come with us and my family! And if you’d like to join us for a meal afterwards, we’ve got that covered, too! Sam’s making his deviled eggs which is his biggest time to shine in the kitchen all year so you definitely want to try one of those eggs! 😉
Praying for you reading this. Praying that you read this and know it is rooted in sincere faith. And praying that the tug of ‘should probably go to church’ is a good tug, and one that makes you feel welcomed and open to the idea of this whole ‘Jesus thing’. Because sweet reader… I can’t stress it enough:
YOU are loved. YOU are cherished. YOU were given eternal life by a Savior. And YOU don’t have to do this life without HIM.
Happy Easter Weekend!
HE IS RISEN!
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