We celebrated Easter in a big way. Last year, we hosted a party in the backyard for our family and friends. This year, we enjoyed serving our family and friends at Stonegate Church. My husband built a photo booth backdrop that we complimented with furnishings from our house. We also helped to set up and serve a massive donut display. Later that evening we tried not to fall asleep at my aunt and uncle's annual Easter dinner. It was an epic day.
For all the great memories we made, one of the most memorable moments happened off camera. In the midst of all of the activity one of my new church friends, Clarice, congratulated us on our one year anniversary at Stonegate Church.
Last Spring, Clarice handed my husband an Easter invitation and encouraged him to visit her home group. Several weeks ago, Clarice remarked in home group that she had been nervous in that moment. After all, it can be totally awkward to invite a stranger to church. But she did. And we are eternally grateful.
My husband set that Easter invitation on my desk and said "I want to go to home group." For the first time in our ten year marriage, he wanted to go to a home group. Ever since, he's led the way on our spiritual journey. Life has become about enjoying Jesus together.
I will always have a sense of wonder about the resurrection of our family that all began because one woman decided to celebrate The Resurrection with strangers like us.