“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.'”

Matthew 28:5-6

We’ve been a bit absent on email updates last month.  We have stayed busy with cleaning and other maintenance season tasks, which have required more hours of mine than normal spent in camp each week. More on those routine topics coming soon, but this weekend we write to wish all of you a joyous weekend celebrating the resurrection of our Savior! 

I’m sending a few links for some of our favorites for Easter weekend. We hope you listen through them and enjoy reflecting on all that God has done and provided through Christ’s work on the cross. 

First, an old hymn done here by one of our favorite singers, Fernando Ortega. I’ll include the words to the hymn here as well if you would like to read them as you listen.

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted,
See Him dying on the tree!
‘Tis the Christ by man rejected;
Yes, my soul, ’tis He, ’tis He!
‘Tis the long-expected prophet,
David’s Son, yet David’s Lord;
By His Son, God now has spoken
Tis the true and faithful Word.

Tell me, ye who hear him groaning,
Was there ever grief like his?
Friends thro’ fear his cause disowning,
Foes insulting his distress;
Many hands were raised to wound him,
None would interpose to save;
Yet the deepest stroke that pierced him
Was the stroke that Justice gave.

Ye who think of sin but lightly,
Nor suppose the evil great
Here may view its nature rightly,
Here its guilt may estimate.
Mark the sacrifice appointed,
See who bears the awful load;
‘Tis the Word, the Lord’s Anointed,
Son of Man and Son of God.

Here we have a firm foundation,
Here the refuge of the lost;
Christ, the Rock of our salvation,
His the name on which we boast.
Lamb of God, for sinners wounded,
Sacrificed to cancel guilt,
None shall ever be confounded
Who on him their hope have built!

Second, a video of a famous sermon clip by S.M. Lockridge. We first heard a video of this at our home church several years back and we continue to love it. Sunday’s comin’!

Third, two different songs from the same album by another of our favorite singers, Andrew Peterson.  The first is called “God Rested” and the second is “His Heart Beats.” 

We hope you can take a little time in the midst of your Sunday to listen through these few videos, even if maybe you are already familiar with them, but especially if you are not. Perhaps even share them with your family or someone you know who needs the hope of the risen Savior. May they be an encouragement to you.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family. He is risen!

Rachel, for the Bennetts