Although you would not know it from all the fanfare given to Christmas, Easter is the most meaningful holiday for the Christian. It is the day that Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled and a New Covenant was established. For believers, it signifies atonement and rebirth.
Sitting here, in this wheelchair, as I think about the coming high holiday and the promise of rebirth, I am struck by the weight of the entire story: God and man; birth and rebirth. Even if you do not believe, does the idea of having the opportunity to begin anew entice you?
When I was young, all I wanted was to get along with people and to have a good time. With the birth of my daughter, I matured instantly. As I looked at her innocent face and delicate body, I was infused with a strong desire to do everything I could to protect her and give her a good life. I failed miserably, but I loved her. I still do, love her.
Knowing how much I love my daughter gives me an inkling of how much God loves me. To live with love is a gift. To give love is an honor. Even though I have many shortcomings, I am continually being renewed. My temperance is strengthened and I find hope in every day.
Now, rather than just wanting to have a good time and to get along with people, I have a purpose. The wheelchair does not limit me. Rather, it gives me freedom to consider others, to notice them, and to reach out to them. I am different. I am a new creature.
Many people think of Christians as judgmental or even hateful. I am distressed by this common portrayal of Christians for it includes me. Here is an insight into what God requires of me: “To do what is right to other people, to love being kind to others, and to live humbly, obeying my God.” (Micah 6:8)
So, Easter is a time of celebration. I am mindful of God’s New Covenant and of His love for all people. Also, it is a time to gather together and celebrate love and relationships. We were created to have partnerships. Even though I am mobility challenged, I will spend the day with my daughter and extended family. Everything has been planned and arranged to accommodate me and my wheelchair. We will start the day with attendance at a church service and end the day with extended family time.
There is no greater gift than love.