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Jayne Gautreau: Find hope and joy this Easter

As a child, Easter celebrations in Ireland were filled with thoughts of chocolate Cadbury Eggs.

As well as those yummy creme-filled eggs, parents could also purchase Easter eggs that would come in very pretty packaged boxes that included a huge chocolate egg filled with goodies.

I remember we would often count and compare how many boxes we would receive with our siblings and friends. The more the better!

Easter for many people means different things. As a child, these are my memories of what it meant to me.

Now that I am grown up, I still enjoy a Cadbury Egg, but the celebration means so much more.

The words "hope" and "joy" come to mind when I think about Easter.

On that sad Friday when Jesus was led to the cross to die, I know His followers were distraught and wondering how this was all going to end.

There was not a lot of hope and joy. I think about his mother - the fear, sadness and anguish that she must have been feeling, and yet she knew there was a special plan for her son.

Many of us are facing a situation in our lives that doesn't seem to hold much hope or joy. We are not sure what the future holds or how it is all going to work out. Even those of us who have placed our trust in Jesus and have a relationship with Him may face situations that bring us fear and dread.

But the thing that gives us us hope and joy is that we know the story does not end with Jesus' death on the cross; we know that three days later, He was resurrected from the dead.

This time of year, we get to see new life everywhere. It has been so thrilling to see my older boys get excited when they see flowers blooming in our yard or are holding newborn baby goats at a friend's farm. The joy of new life is something we can all can experience because of Jesus' death and resurrection.

In difficult times I have faced, I have also been able to experience hope and joy because I know that Jesus, too, went through pain and struggles. He gives me hope because of new life in Him!

I also realize that these struggles are only here on earth.

Whatever your Easter celebration involved, I hope that you, too, will give consideration to the hope and joy we can find in a relationship with Him.

Jayne Gautreau is married with three sons. Read her Mondays on Douglas County Moms.

Now that I am grown up, I still enjoy a Cadbury Egg, but the celebration means so much more.

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