Life has been so busy here. I am baby sitting every day for a 6 week, 11 week and 15 month old. My days are filled with activity. Then I have to do my chores in the evening but they are filled with softball games, bible study and family time. I am just now reading an April magazine of Faith Talk. They have an article on Easter Symbols and how they got started. This one is interesting to me as I live 10 minutes away from this town.
The Easter custom of Sunrise religious service was brought to America by Protestant immigrants from Moravia (Moravian) who held the first such service in Bethlehem PA in 1741.
Origins of early morning time stem from the bible passage where the women found Jesus' tomb empty: "But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared." (Luke 24:1).
This verse in Luke is what I base the start of my day on. Sunrise Service isn't just for Easter. Before my feet hit the floor each morning I pray giving God the glory for the day past and the day ahead. I spend time thanking him for 10 things each morning. This isn't the time I will do requests as I save them for devotion time. That doesn't mean I don't stop through out the day to praise God or lift something or someone up in prayer that happens too.
I am off this week end on a road trip to WV. It seems to be the week end/ week to be away. I know of 6 families going to other states leaving Saturday. I'll be taking my camera and hope to remember to take pictures.