Usually by the time it's my turn in the column rotation, I'm still stressing over what to write about. This week, however, I don't know where to begin!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my sister and my nephew, who, at the time, my family was still eagerly waiting to meet. On March 31, my sister and her husband finally welcomed little Axel into the world.
He is beautiful. Honestly, I don't think I've seen a prettier baby. I could stare at him all day and I'm just his aunt! I can't get enough of him, his cute little face or his soft skin. Have you ever looked at a newborn baby's fingernails? Even his fingernails are adorable!
And maybe I'm writing this because I haven't been with him full time, but when he gets all fussy, even his cry is cute. Granted, I get to hand him off to my sister if he is really upset, but his little voice is so sweet. The new parents may disagree... Good luck guys!
My sister keeps sending me pictures of him with these really cute smiles. He's such a happy baby. We are all very blessed to have this little baby in our lives.
Plus, Axel came at a great time of the year -- Easter!
As a side note, I want to take a moment to thank my sister, again, for allowing me to hog Axel the past couple of weeks, including on Easter Sunday at church. Katie, you rock! I really couldn't help it when they brought him to church. He was wearing an owl hat and a shirt my sister made that said "Just Hatched."
How could I resist that?
It was actually really neat that my sister had Axel just in time for the holiday and he got to celebrate his first Easter at a week old. Obviously, he won't remember it, but we all will.
Easter is arguably one of the biggest days of the year for Christians and rightfully so. It comes days after the death of Jesus and celebrates his resurrection. As I did last year around this time, I brushed up on some reading before attempting this column.
Again, I turned to Mark Driscoll's book, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Driscoll gives a very graphic description of what Jesus endured before He even made it to the cross.
It really was horrific, all of it, and it just amazes me that amid all the pain, He had strength to clearly say, "It is finished."
I'm blessed to have a giving family, who don't typically hesitate before helping one another out and doing things for each other. Although I am very grateful for them, nothing compares to what Jesus did.
He experienced truly unimaginable pain to bear the wrath of God, which we deserved, and died for our sins.
The thing is, that's what we commemorate on Good Friday, an undoubtedly an important day, yet it doesn't reach the magnitude of Easter. For Easter marks the day Jesus was resurrected and our sins were forgiven.
It's all just awesome. He conquered death and in doing so, saved us. To paraphrase Driscoll in his book, if Jesus had died, Christianity would be dead, but because Jesus lives, so does Christianity.
So yes, it was really cool to have Axel at Christ Fellowship Church Sunday for his very first Easter. I'm sure in the years to come, he will learn the importance of it.
As they say, He is risen!