Easter Day 2009

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

Easter Day can be a time of new hope, of joy, of renewal and transformation. I nearly wrote 'is' there instead of 'can be' but I thought back to other Easters in my life which have been bleak, lonely and depressing. Maybe for some of you reading this, this Easter is a time of trouble and struggle.

But it can be a time of new hope, of joy, of renewal and transformation. I'd like to suggest a little exercise today - even if you are in the middle of difficult times. Sometimes, we have to hasten the transformation - allow it to gain a little toe-hold in our lives - allow God a little room for manoeuvre. So, here goes:

Make a special moment today to be by yourself to pray.
Have some paper and a pencil or pen with you.
Find a quiet spot and settle yourself comfortably...

Now, write down five positive things about yourself...

Remember - God can see many more than five –
but you write down five of those positive things...

Then in a moment of quiet...
        read them aloud,
        give thanks for them,
        allow our risen Lord to come to you,
                to speak your name and say ‘Well done’.

Now rest in God's love for you.

And the blessing of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit be with you and remain with you and with those whom you love - this day and forevermore.

He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!


  1. JA  

    12 April 2009 at 22:43

    Flippin eck Kath, 5 positive things! I did manage it after some deep thought processes and it was nice just to sit and comtemplate because the things I came up with are God-given and I thank him for those precious gifts which I try to use in a positive way. Thank you for helping me think - if you'd asked for 20 negative things, I'd have come up with those no problem and I'm sure others perhaps feel the same.

  2. Kath Williamson  

    12 April 2009 at 23:35

    I'm so glad you did it JA. It is so very helpful to see our good points. After all, Paul tells us to think about those things that are true, pleasing and commendable. (Philippians 4). So it makes sense that we do exactly the same about ourselves.

    Many blesssings.

  3. Anonymous  

    12 April 2009 at 23:54

    Much easier to see the good in others!!
    Good to have something totally different to think about and also think about the gifts we see in other people. Hope you found 5 and more positive gifts for yourself...one is definitely a way with words to encourage others.


  4. Kath Williamson  

    12 April 2009 at 23:57

    Thank you Col.
    God bless you.