I knew when little boy #1 was born basically what was going to happen to him. He was going to undergo three open-heart surgeries, we were going to allow that pain and suffering into his life, and that in itself was our best case scenario. His first summer and fall of life ended up being much more difficult, and we were also faced a craniotomy and living with the "fact" that he was going to die for four months.
Despite this knowledge, my attachment to my son, my incredible love for him, and my devotion to him was just as strong as it would have been if he would have been born without health issues and I hadn't been faced with contemplating and learning to accept his "eventual" death. Although I can only appreciate God's gift of His son to us and never truly fathom the immensity of His love that enabled him to willingly send Jesus into this world, I have grown in my understanding of how hard this must have been despite His purposeful gift to the human race...and that makes his gift of Jesus and Jesus' sacrifice even more incredibly amazing!
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..." 1 Peter 1:3
I wish you all a very happy, sunshine filled Easter. If you have been caught up in the Easter bunny's appearance, cooking a splendid feast, or just too busy to contemplate the importance of the day, spend a few minutes to think about this question: "What does it mean in your life and to this world if the resurrection is indeed real?!"