A medley of traditional and contemporary hymns at Easter Sunday morning services at Houston’s First Baptist Church today. “Easter is about peace with God and with yourself,” Pastor Gregg Matte said. Matte’s Easter message was that through people’s locked doors of fear and doubt, Jesus brings peace and can offer proof that His Resurrection is real.
Seven months ago, our street was underwater from Hurricane Harvey. Neighbors helped neighbors. Small acts of kindness went a long way. Today, parts of Houston are in recovery and mitigation mode. On Saturday before Easter, at the last minute, we hosted an Egg Hunt, not knowing if anyone would come.
A mother and her daughter displaced by Harvey’s flooding came. They also brought 2 friends. When we met them, the mother was sick, couldn’t speak English and living in the flood-ravaged home. Our Muslim neighbor, a medical doctor made a house-call to visit the sick mother. She and another doctor donated the prescription medicine to the Harvey flooded patient. We thank God for the doctors, Chinese Baptist Church, Houston Chinese Church and Houston’s First Baptist for helping this Harvey mother and daughter with medical treatment, cleaning supplies and helping them move to a temporary apartment.
The egg hunt was simple – eggs scattered on the lawn, a few baskets of Easter grass, some Rice Krispie treats, deviled eggs and bottled water. The Harvey visitors brought pastry triangles with spinach. Simple and enough to celebrate this Easter together after Harvey. We’re glad they came.
While their Harvey-ravaged home is vacant, the family plans to demolish it and build a new home in its place.
Today we are at different churches to celebrate that Jesus is alive, God’s grace and power. Even when we don’t understand what’s happening, we can have faith and believe that God is going to be with us through everything.
Have a happy, joyful and blessed Easter and every day!