4.12.2009

Happy Easter!

I love this painting for 4 reasons. I love that the Savior is appearing to Mary Magdalene first—a woman. I love the open tomb in the background—the empty tomb of the Resurrection. I love Mary's expression—I can feel the love pouring out of her. I love the blue sash around the Savior's waist and his kind demeanor—it holds personal significance. I had a dream 5 years ago. I sat with the Savior in a wide cave high above Jerusalem, overlooking the city. He wore a white robe and had a blue sash around his waist. The 12 apostles were at the mouth of the cave talking with each other. The Savior and I sat quietly. His arm was around me, and my head rested on his shoulder. I woke up with a feeling of overwhelming love. Seeing the blue sash in this painting reminds me of the personal relationship I have with Christ. He knows me. He remembers me. And I am so glad to remember him on this day—Easter—the day of his Resurrection.

About 6 years ago I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have had a few people ask why we don't use the image of the cross to represent our church, or wear the crucifix around our necks. It's not that we don't recognize the significance of the crucifixion. We certainly do—as part of the fulfillment of the Atonement (along with the suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane). We, as Latter-Day Saints, celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We recognize the Atonement in our lives. We give thanks for the life of Christ, and know that he still lives and loves us. I remember this every day. I am so grateful for this Easter season, and the message that it brings.

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Stephanie said...

i love the thought you've put into this painting.
very insightful.
elder holland's talk was great and the video only makes it better.
thanks for sharing.

HomeSpun Threads said...

That was so touching.
Thank you for sharing it.
I too have dreamed of being with Jesus and in his presence and it's something you don't forget, ever.
I think it helps us to know he walks closely with us and does care about our every need. I've been fascinated with LDS for some time. I think the most important thing is the binding the Jesus has in our lives. Bless you for your post!

Emily Ruth said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet testimony. What a beautiful dream--such a blessing.

Shorty said...

What a beautiful thing to share! That is an amazing painting. It reminds me of pictures I would see regularly of Jesus when I was a child. I would stare at them for long periods of time just wondering about how Him.

Happy Easter to you and your family!

Backyard Candle Co. said...

Thanks for sharing that Lyndsay! What a beautiful dream to have!! He is Risen!!!

{hily m.} said...

So heart-warming.
Thank you! x

Alissa Nicolau said...

Beautiful post!

Babeich said...

I can't begin to tell you how much I love this post. We will have a talk soon. :)

Beth said...

I enjoyed your post. My husband is also a convert, going on 8 years. It has been amazing watching his testimony grow, and having my own strengthened by it. Thanks for sharing!

Angela Noelle said...

This is such a sweet, heart-felt post. Bless your guts!

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