Today is Easter, and I am free because of your sacrifice for me. Today you rise from the dead so I might walk in newness of life. Today you come once more into my heart and make me your own.
You are my place of safe retreat. You are my refuge from my own self. I can retreat from others into myself, but I can never hide from myself–from my own failures, my sins, my weaknesses, and my own limitations. I find that within myself there is no relief. But in these early Easter hours I discover that you are my sanctuary. You hide me under your wings until I forget my limitations, and my failures. You hide me until my own sins are washed away and remembered no more. You hide me until relief from my failure begins to fill my heart. You hide me from myself until the relief of your grace brings great joy.
And that is my Easter joy. You have saved me from myself. I am free of who I have been, and free to be new in you.