Easter in Recovery: Renewal and Redemption
The Easter season brings so many conflicting feelings, which happens a lot in both addiction and recovery. Palm Sunday starts with Jesus triumphantly entering Jerusalem, but in only a few days there is betrayal, trial and death. How did things fall apart so quickly? Can you imagine what it was like for His disciples? You probably can. Seeing it all fall apart, not knowing what was going on and wondering how could it possibly get better? You’ve been there. But it can and it did. Everything turned around with Christ’s resurrection. We can all live again because of Him. I think the wonder of it all is exemplified in my favorite Bible verse. Technically, it’s not a whole verse, but it is part of a verse and you can find it in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke: “He is not here.” When the disciples went to the tomb Sunday morning, those were the words they heard, the words that made it all possible. He has risen from the dead. Christ’s resurrection saves us all. Made it possible for us to get from the depths of addiction, where it seemed like there was no escape, to the grace of recovery. Forget the hams, marshmallow peeps and chocolate bunnies (well, maybe not the bunnies). Easter is about our renewal in Christ and our second chances in life here. Remember to celebrate that renewal. Happy Easter! The Lord is risen. Share your Easter joy below.