There are forty days in the Lenten season but Eastertide (starting with Easter Sunday), consists of fifty days. That means we have fifty days to celebrate Easter!

This Thursday, I am thankful for Easter. For Resurrection. For true freedom. For a new beginning. For new life in God.

Just a few short weeks ago, this tree looked dead and barren. In many ways that tree reflected what was going on inside of me.

Now the Earth is beginning her resurrection song. And so am I.

Weeping cherry tree, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ
Weeping cherry tree, Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ

Now let the heavens be joyful,
And earth her song begin.
The round world keep high triumph,
And all that is therein;
Let all things seen and unseen,
Their notes of gladness blend,
For Christ the Lord is risen,
Our joy that has no end.
~ The Day of Resurrection,
By St. John of Damascus, 18th century

Remember, if you would like to share your version of “Thankful Thursday” (photos or text or both) in the future, you can link your post to my post on Thursdays in the comments section with the title “Thankful Thursday”.

Happy Thursday Everyone!