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In the Garden of Gethsemane

Before the dawn of Easter
They came Gethsemane
Before the Resurrection
There wee hours of agony...
for there can be no crown of stars
Without  a cross to bear,
And there is no salvation
With FAITH and LOVE and PRAYER,
and when we take our needs to god
 Let us pray as did his son
That dark night in Gethsemane-
"THY WILL, NOT MINE WILL BE DONE"
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The Way to the Cross
Leads to God
He carried the cross to Calvary,
Carried his burden for you and me,
There on the cross he was crucified
And, because He suffered and bled and died,
We know whatever  'OUR CROSS' may be,
It leads to God and ETERNITY ..
For who can hope for 'crown of stars'
Unless it is earned by suffering and scars,
for how can we face the living Lord
And rightfully claim His promised reward
If we have not carried his cross with care
And tasted the cup of bitter despair...
Let those who earn for the pleasures of life,
And long to escape all suffering and strife,
Rush recklessly on to an 'empty goal'
with never a thought of the spirit and soul...
but if you are searching to find the way
to life everlasting and eternal day-
With Faith     in your heart take the path he trod,
For the WAY OF THE CROSS  is the WAY TO GOD.
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Easter Reflection

With OUR EYES we see
the beauty of Easter
and the earth awakens once more
With OUR EARS we hear
 the birds sing sweetly
to tell us spring again is here...
With OUR HAND we pick
the golden daffodils
and the fragrant hyacinths...
But only with OUR HEARTS
can we feel the MIRACLE of GOD'S LOVE
which redeems all men....
 
and only with OUR SOUL
can we make our 'pilgrimage to to God'
And inherit His Easter Gift of ETERNAL LIFE.
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The Joy of Easter was Born of Good Friday's Sorrow

Who said the 'darkness of the night'
would never turn to day,
Who said the 'winter's bleakness'
would never pass away,
Who said the fog would never lift
and let the sunshine through ,
Who said the skies now overcast
would never more be blue-
Why would we ever entertain
these thoughts so dark and grim
And the brightness o four mind  
grow cynical and and dim
When we know beyond all questioning
that winter turns to spring
And on the notes of sorrow
new songs are made to sing
for no ones shed a teardrop
or suffers loss in vain,
for God is always there to turn
our losses  into gain
And every burden born Today
and every present sorrow
Are but God's happy harbingers
of joyous, bright Tomorrow.
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The Promise of Easter
'Because he lives we too shall live'
 
We need these seven words above
to help us to endure,
the changing world around us
that is dark and insecure,
to help us view the present
as passing episode,
A troubled, brief encounter
on life's short and troubled road-
For in knowing life is eternal because our Saviour died
And rose again at Easter
after he was crucified
Makes this uncertain present,
in a world of sin and strife,
nothing but a stepping stone
to a NEW and BETTER LIFE!
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Let Us Pray at this Glorious Easter Season

What better time or more beautiful; season
What greater occasion
or more wonderful reason
to knell down in prayer
and thank God above
For ETERNAL LIFE
the gift OF HIS LOVE-
For in sending his son
to be crucified
he granted man a LIFE
because his son died-
So at this glad season
when there's joy everywhere
Let us meet OUR REDEEMER
at THE ALTAR of PRAYER.
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An Easter Prayer

God, give us eyes to see
the beauty of the spring
And to behold your majesty
in every living thing-
And may we see in lacy leaves
and every budding flower
The Hand that rules the universe
with gentleness and power-
And may this Easer grandeur
that Spring lavishly imparts
Awaken faded flowers of faith
lying dormant in our hearts,
And give us ears to hear, dear God,
the springtime song of birds
with messages more meaningful
than man's often empty words
telling harried human beings
who are lost in dark despair-
'Be like us and do not worry
for Gods has you in his care'.

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The Glory of the Easter Story

In the glorious Easter sorry
A troubled world can find
blessed reassurance
And enduring peace of mind...
For though we grow discouraged
In this world we're living in,
There is comfort just in knowing
God has triumphed over sin...
for our God's saviour Resurrection
Was God's way of telling men
That in Christ we are eternal
And in him we live again...
And to know life is unending
And God's love is endless, too,
Makes our daily tasks and burdens
so much easier to do...
For the blessed Ester story
Of Christ the living lords,
Makes our earthly sorrow nothing
When compares with this reward.

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Each Spring, God Renews His Promise. 

Long, long ago
in a land far away
There came the dawn
of the first Easer Day,
and each year we see
that promise reborn
that God gave the world
on that first Easter Morn...
for in each waking flower 
and each singing bird,
The PROMISE of Easter
is witnessed and heard
and Spring is God's way
of speaking to men
And renewing the promise
of Easter again
For death is a season
that man must pass through
And , just like the flowers,
God wakens him too...
So why should we grieve
when our loved ones die
For we'll meet them  again
in a 'cloudless sky'-
For Easter is more than a beautiful story,
It's the promise of life and ETERNAL GLORY.

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The Hope of the World

An EMPTY TOMB
A STONE ROLLED AWAY
Speak of the saviour
who rose Easter Day...
But that was centuries ago,
And we ask today
WAS IT REALLY SO?
Did he walk on earth? 
and live to die
and to return to HIS FATHER
TO DWELL ON HIGH
We were not there
to hear or see,
But our hopes and dreams
of ETERNITY
Are centered around
THE EASTER STORY
When Christ ascended 
and rose in glory..
And life on earth
has not been the same,
Regardless of what
the sceptics claim
for, after the lord
was crucified,
Even the ones who had
scoffed and denied
Knew something
had taken place
That nothing could ever
remove or erase...
For hope was BORN.
in the soul of man,
And FAITH to believe
in God's MASTER PLAN
Stirred in the hearts
to dispel doubt and fear
And that Faith has grown
with each passing year...
For the HOP of MAN
in THE EASTER STORY,
For life is robbed
of all meaning and glory
unless man knows
that he has a 'goal' 
And a 'resting place'
for his searching soul.
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The Miracles of Easter

 
The sleeping earth awakens
The robins start to sing,
The flowers open wide their eyes
to tell us it Spring,
the bleakness of the winter
Is melted by the sun,
The tree that stood so stark and dead
Becomes a living one...
These MIRACLES of EASTER,
Wrought with divine perfection,
 And the blessed reassurance
Of our Saviour's Resurrection.
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Easter Thought for these Troubled Times
 
As the Easter Season
dawns once again,
we look on a world
of reckless men-
Men who are 'driven'
by fear and greed
And caught in a web of tension and speed,
Driving themselves,
and the world as well,
Into a future
no one can foretell-
Oh, God, instead
of vain 'driven men'
Fill man's heart
with true DRIVE again,
Spurred by FAITH
in GOD ABOVE
to build a new world
of BROTHERLY LOVE.
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'Why Should I Die for Such as I?'

In Everything both great and small
We see the hand of God in all,
And in the miracles of Spring
When EVERYWHERE in EVERYTHING
His handiwork is all around
And every lovely light and sound
Proclaims the GOD of earth and sky
I ask myself  'JUST WHO AM I?'
that god should send his only son
that my salvation would be won
Upon a CROSS  by sinless man
to bring fulfilment to God's Plan-
For Jesus suffered, bled and died
That sinners might be sanctified,
and grant god's children Such as I
Eternal life in HOME on  HIGH.
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Rejoice
 
'Let not Your Heart Be Troubled'
Let not your soul be sad-
Easter  is time of joy
when all hears should be glad,
Glad to know that Jesus Christ
made it possible for men
to have their sins forgiven
And, like Him, to live  again...
so at his season
May the wondrous Easter Story
Renew our Faith so we may be
Partake of 'His Glory'!

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Eternal Spring

Easter comes with cheeks a-glowing,
flowers bloom and streams re flowing
And the earth in glad surprise
opens wide it Springtime eyes...
all nature heeds that call of Spring
as God wakens everything
And all that seemed so dead and still
experiences a sudden thrill
As Springtime lays a magic hand
across God's vast and fertile land...
Oh, how can anyone stand by
and watch a sapphire, Springtime sky
ors see a fragile flower break through
what just a day ago or two
seemed barren ground still hard with frost,
but in God's world no life is lost..
And flowers sleep beneath the ground,
but when they hear Spring's wakening sound
they push themselves through layers of clay
to reach the sunlight of God's Day...
And man, like flowers, too, must sleep
until he is called from the 'darkened deep'..
To live in that place where angle sing
and where there is Eternal Spring!

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The Revelations of Easter 

The wakening earth at Easter
Reminds us it is true
that nothing ever really dies
That is not born anew-
for nature is her Springtime Dress
Reveals kind Mother Earth
Awakening from her Winter's  Sleep
to give Spring's children' birth-
so trust God's all-wise wisdom
And  doubt the Father never,
For in Heavenly Kingdom
There is Nothing Lost Forever.

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 Death Is the Door to Life Evermore 

We live a short while on Earth below
Reluctant to die fro do not know
just what 'dark death is all about', 
not certain of what is around the bend
we look on death as the final end
To all that made us mortal being
And yet there lies just beyond our seeing
A beautiful life so full and complete
that we should leave with hurrying feet
too Walk with God by sacred streams 
Amid beauty and peace beyond our dreams-
for l who believe in the risen Lord
Have been assured of his reward
And death  for them is just 'graduation'
To a higher realm of wide elevation-
For life on Earth is a transient affair,
just a few brief years in which to prepare
for a life that is free from pain and tears
Where time is not counted by hours or years-
For death is only the method God chose
To colonise heavens with the souls of those
Who by their apprenticeship on Earth
Proved worthy to dwell in the land of new birth-
so dearth is not sad.... it's a time for elation,
A joyous transition... the souls' emigration
Into a place where the  souls' safe and free
 To live with God through Eternity.
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Easter is Time of Many Miracles
 
Flowers sleeping' neath the snow'
Awaking when the Spring winds blow;
leafless tress so bare before,
Gowned in lacy green once more;
Hard, unyielding, frozen sod
now softly carpeted by God;
Still streams melting in the Spring,
Rippling over rocks that sing;
Barren, windswept, lonely hills
Turning gold with daffodils...
These miracles are all around
Within our sight and touch and  sound,
As true and wonderful today
As when 'the stone was rolled away'
Proclaiming to all doubting men
that in God all things live again.
 
~Our family wishes this Easter season
that you will have a very good reason
to reflect on why we're here this day
and give God thanks for the price He paid.
He did not whine...He did not moan
He came to save those souls on loan
He paid the price and rose again
So that our lives could now begin.
Rejoice...He has Risen!~
~God must love you very much
He made you with a joyous touch!
He gave you warmth and happy ways
And joy to spread through others' days.
He gave you love, and, from the start,
A kind and understanding heart.
May He Bless You
with a Beautiful Easter!
SOME THINGS THAT EASTER BRINGS
by
Elsie Parrish
Easter duck and Easter chick,
Easter eggs with chocolate thick.
Easter hats for one and all,
Easter Bunny makes a call!
Happy Easter always brings
Such a lot of pleasant things.

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 HOPPING HERBIE
Down the trail old Herbie hops.
At every house he makes a stop
Looking for a ready basket
Into which the candy drops.
Easter morning, faces pop
Out the door of every stop,
Smiling children see with pleasure
All the treats that Herbie drops.
At the end, his tired ears flop.
Herbie heads back to his shop,
Eggs and paint are all around him.
But his Easter work was tops!

 

MEETING THE EASTER BUNNY
by
Rowena Bennett
On Easter morn at early dawn before the roosters were crowing,
I met a bob-tail bunnykin and asked where he was going,
"Tis in the house and out the house a-tipsy, tipsy toeing,
Tis round the house and 'bout the house a-lightly I am going."
"But what is that of every hue you carry in your basket?"
"Tis eggs of gold and eggs of blue;"
I wonder that you ask it.
"tis chocolate eggs and bonbon eggs
And eggs of red and grey,
For every child in every house on bonny Easter Day."
He perked his ears
And winked his eye
And twitched his little nose;
He shook his tail-
What tail he had-
And stood up on his toes.
"I must be gone before the sun;
The East is growing gray;
"Tis almost time for bells to chime."
So he hippety-hopped away.

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COLORING EASTER EGGS
by
Sarah Benedetti
I take an egg
All shiny white
And then I dip
It out of sight.
I leave it there
Within the cup
Then after a minute
I pick it up.
And oh!
It's a lovely
Shade of green!
The prettiest Easter egg
I've ever seen.
 
HILDY
by
Jeanene Engelhardt
My hen, Hildy, has a secret
Of the most amazing kind,
For Easter she laid patterned eggs
That she, herself, designed:
Eggs with diamonds,
Eggs with stars,
Eggs with twinkly-winkly bars,
Eggs with crescents,
Eggs with flowers,
And two eggs with rainbow showers!
My hen, Hildry, is a marvel.
She's a darling and a dear.
Best of all, she's promised me
To lay them every year!

 

EASTER BUNNY BOP
(sung to "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along")
As the Easter Bunny comes hop, hop, hopping along, along
We'll have big full baskets and sing the happiest song, best song!
We'll hide the Easter eggs,
And run on happy legs
As the Easter Bunny comes hop, hop, hopping along!
 
         EGG HUNT
          (sung to "Clementine")

 

Easter morning, Easter morning, Easter morning dawning fine
Have to find the Easter eggs now, I've already picked up nine.
Fill the basket, fill the basket, fill the basket every time
Candy eggs and jelly beans are tucked behind each growing pine.
Bend and scramble, bend and scramble, bend and scramble, reach and climb.
Find each hidden Easter treat now, pick them up and they'll be mine.
See them glow and see them glisten, see them glow and see them shine.
Join me with my Easter candy and together we will dine.

The Easter feeling does not end.
It signals a new beginning,
Of nature, spring, and brand new life,
And friendship, peace, and giving.
The spirit of Easter is all about

Hope, love, and joyful living.