This year, Easter has done a funny thing to me. In the past, it’s been a day about reflecting primarily on the resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. A day to remember that because He was resurrected, I will be too— that I will be able to see my dad again. That everyone who has ever lived will live again.
But this time around, I have a new understanding. Because of Christ, each day can be one of new life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has put out a short video about the free-ing power of Jesus’ atonement and resurrection.
It’s one thing to see the power of the atonement and resurrection in your own life. Heaven knows that I need it and have used it. But the minute you can see it take action in the life of your child is the moment you are wholly grateful for what Christ has done, and can begin to understand it better.
As kids get older, they learn what is right and what is wrong. They learn that actions have consequences. They learn of the pain that comes with making a bad choice. And, hopefully, they learn of the relief that can come only through turning away from the wrong things, and turning toward our Heavenly Father.
Twice this year, I have had the heartbreaking opportunity to talk with my kids about repentance. Each had made a bad choice and they were feeling the pain that comes with that: gut-wrenching, sincere sorrow. I assured them that not only did I still love them, but that Heavenly Father did too. So much so, in fact, that He sent His son to die for them. Yes, Christ suffered for our sins, but he also felt every sadness and humiliation that we feel. And if they would repent, He would “remember their sins no more.”
As adults get older, sometimes the lines between right and wrong seem to get a little blurred. It becomes easier for us to justify our actions and wave off both sins of commission (those things we shouldn’t do, but do) and omission (those things we should do, but don’t). We may begin to think that because we're adults, we can take care of ourselves—that if we mess up, we can fix it alone. That things aren’t so bad that we need the Lord’s help.
We may begin to question what we once knew to be true. We may forget how we felt when we prayed about the gospel. We may not remember that the Lord spoke “peace unto [our] soul concerning the matter,” and may forget the answer to the rhetorical question, “What greater witness can ye receive, than from God?”
He is real. He lives. His gospel is true. He knows us and cares for us. He wants us to arise each day and make a new life. A life of believing. A life of bettering ourselves and following Him. A life of forgiving others AND ourselves. He wants us to embrace each other, and to embrace Him and His gospel. This is how we can live again, and live each day of our lives.