1. How will you celebrate Easter this year?
I will celebrate Easter alone this year...a First for me. I will get up, get dressed, and listen to my church service on-line. My preacher has asked us to get dressed up in our Easter outfit and take a picture of our self and send it to our church. I am debating on which outfit....
I am looking forward to seeing all the pictures of the 'little ones' all dressed up.
It will be a different kind of Easter this year. But the meaning of Easter will remain the same celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will celebrate!
2. Is it easier for you to receive grace offered or extend grace to another? Explain.
I think of the cross and I grow stronger in grace.
It is hard to offer grace to someone that has hurt you tremendously (the white elephant I won't mention). Grace is forgiving others (again, the white elephant). I think receiving grace and offering grace are intertwined. We receive God's grace (which I don't deserve) and we in turn need to allow God to pour it out to others through us. Letting go and not responding to situations has helped me to extend grace to others.
3. Do you say grace before meals? If so do you have a standard dinnertime grace or is it more 'off the cuff' ? Do you say grace when dining out? Do you have a favorite grace? Any special memory associated with 'saying grace'?
Grace is said before every meal even when eating out. Usually, at special occasions, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, grace is said with more thoughts.
A special memory I have that is associated with grace is the memory of my precious daughter, Amanda. When my girls were growing up, I taught them the grace ...God is great, God is good.... Amanda was one that ALWAYS said grace. One day when Amanda was 14 (18 years ago) she and her father were eating out with a friend (who is now my Sunday School Teacher). They ordered their food and this friend started to eat...Amanda started saying grace out loud! The friend stopped eating! Every so often this friend will tell this story and say it was Amanda who now has him saying grace before every meal.
4. What are some challenges you think the next generation will face? (Generation Alpha-born between 2011 and 2025)
This generation will grow up more in the era of portable digital devices. Instead of playing with blocks, this generation will be using a Ipad when they are six months old or younger. I see this generation having issues with problem solving or critical thinking skills. Because of trying to solve a problem on their own, they will Google the problem. (which isn't a bad thing.)
Also, this generation will simplify life even more than it is today with the use of technology. Social distancing will be something they frequently do!
5. Share a favorite quote or lyric featuring the word faith.
Faith is trusting God even when you don't understand his plan.
6. Insert your own random thought here.
Our school system is still delivering meals to any student. I am getting ready in a couple of hours to board the bus. Seeing some of the students look out their window and watch for us is heartbreaking.
Have a Blessed Easter!