This year’s Easter celebration probably looked different than what you are used to. On Sunday we had the tornado warnings or watches and a worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19. As we were at home rather than with loved ones, Connor and I reflected on past memories and traditions we had with our families. As a little girl my friends and I would always take our Easter picture in front of this big beautiful bush right in front of our church. I always remember the Easter egg hunts growing up and how I just had to get a golden egg or two. Every Easter we would get a bright colorful outfit to wear on the special Easter Sunday. These traditions are fun and precious but of course they are not the true meaning of Easter. Easter is about Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. Because of Easter, believers can walk in new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 reads, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old is passed away; behold the new has come.” Wow! How exciting is this passage? We get to walk in newness of life for the Lord. New also means fresh and clean. If you are a parent, have you ever had to wash your child’s stuffed animal because it was disgusting? Maybe your child walked everywhere with their favorite stuffed animal. It gets in dirt and food but when you clean the toy, it is fresh and ready for the day. As believers we have been washed clean and God sees us as pure and righteous because we are a new creation through Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. I hope that as you reflect on Easter 2020 you don’t see the pandemic or the storms but you see that Christ is risen just like we celebrate Him every year.