As a Christian, I am celebrating the rising again of our Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia! New life, new hope, new light, new growth, new understanding, new strength, new opportunities, new paths for healing, new deepened faith, new mercy, new joy, and a new season of Spring are all being welcomed and experienced by me. Whew---that's a lot! AMEN.
I am still walking though some heavy storms of pain and uncertainty which seem to be a regular part of my chronic illness story, but that is ok. I am learning to accept and embrace a lot more of my unknowns and uncertainties because God is asking me to place my full and complete trust in Him. I know I must also embrace new sacrifices, new sufferings, new losses, new doubts, and new weaknesses as well. These are all part of our pilgrimage here on earth. I am praying that God will lift me up in His strength to walk bravely the path before me as well as to accompany others on their journeys so they don't feel alone. I may not be "out in the world" as much anymore due to my limitations, but I am stronger than ever in prayer. My dear friends, NEVER underestimate the ongoing power of prayer.
On a lighter note, anyone who knows me well can attest to the fact that I love bunnies. I mean, LOVE bunnies! Since I was born in April during the Easter and Spring season, several little stuffed bunnies were given to me as a baby. Then, each year, one or more bunnies was added to the collection, and now decades later, I have this AMAZING bunny collection from family and friends that just keeps expanding. I have bunnies of all shapes, sizes, kinds, and from other countries as well. It is so much fun each Spring to unwrap them and display them all over the house. Actually, I never put them all away. Some remain out all year long, both inside and outside in the garden. They bring me such joy and smiles as I have such fun decorating---even more than Christmas, I think.
This past year we did some redecorating and remodeling in our home, and my mother and I found this adorable bunny wallpaper in a decorater's magazine. Oh.my.gosh. You guessed it! Yes! That black and silver bunny wallpaper now adorns our one wall of our guest powder room. LOVE it. It is just plain fun. I have learned to lighten things up a bit to help ease my heart that often seem so burdened with the weight of this world.
I have discovered it is good to learn to carry well both the joys and sorrows of my journey. For me, my bunny collection helps me to do just that. I reflect upon all the love and care that people put into finding just the right bunny for me to add to my collection. That is pure joy to my heart. Other times and moments, I feel sorrow as I miss my dear loved ones who gave me a particular bunny and who are no longer are with me here on earth.
However, I will end this blog on a "hip-ity" "hop-ity" note and share with you some pics of my collection. I couldn't show you everything, so come and visit it in person if possible. It stays up all Spring. Blessings upon you and your loved ones this glorious Easter and Spring season!