I can’t sing. I realize a lot of people aren’t the next American Idol either. But seriously, Troy actually used to fight back loud laughter before he broke the news to me that I was startling people in the pews around us on Sunday mornings!

Music inside God’s house is the most fulfilling to me. When a loved one passes away, I actually fantasize about the music they are hearing. What’s the choir like in Heaven? All I know is like so many talented musical icons, Johann Sebastian Bach’s music was amazing here on Earth. Imagine the superhuman music he must be composing in heaven!

Many people have favorite Christmas songs. That’s to be expected. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin. I have so many that the word “favorite” really doesn’t apply. I wonder how many people have favorite Easter songs? Let me share the powerful lyrics to one of my favorites with you that Paul and Lisa Stiller, an incredibly talented husband and wife team from Boston wrote. Think Sarah McLachlan as far as the overall somber tone (but BETTER!):

He Is Risen, Alleluia

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here.
He is not here.”

Haunting, right? Almost spooky. But hang on…

“Alleluia sing hosanna. Christ is risen and I wanna sing His praise,
Alleluia sing hosanna. Christ is risen and I wanna shout His name.

Jesus is arisen and on Easter morning set me free!
Jesus is arisen and on Easter morning set me free!”

My soul sings – it leaps! It’s so powerful and uplifting and humbling and sobering all at once. My price to Heaven was paid the only way it could be – with the innocent blood of God’s only Son. The song continues…

“Mary went out to the empty tomb.
Where have you laid my Lord?
Jesus said “Mary” and Mary knew.
ALLELUIA!”

I can only imagine despair, anguish and torment overcame Mary. After all she had just witnessed, now someone had taken His body. Emotionally broken and battered she simply uttered, perhaps whispered, “What have you done with Him?”

“Alleluia sing hosanna Christ is risen and I wanna sing His praise,
Alleluia sing hosanna Christ is risen and I wanna shout His name

Jesus is arisen and on Easter morning set me free!
Jesus is arisen and on Easter morning set me free!

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
Jesus is here.
Alleluia!”

OMGosh – He’s HERE! Within us!! Think about that. He’s not just some nice guy that died and was placed in a tomb. The tomb was EMPTY! EMPTY – like completely empty. He wasn’t dead – he is alive! He triumphed! God loved us into existence and Jesus loved us into Heaven for all of eternity.

On Easter morning Troy and I hum this one again and again:

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today

“Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth reply, Alleluia!

Stanza 2:
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened Paradise, Alleluia!

Stanza 3:
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Dying once He all doth save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

My inner radio blares another favorite that I can’t get out of my head. I think of all He chose to do, for me, for you, for our children and our children’s children and all who receive His gift of salvation:

How Great Thou Art

“Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul,
My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art!
How great Thou art!”

It’s Easter – and I wish the radio was flooded with Easter triumph songs the way it is in December. Christmas is glorious! I would never take one ounce of beauty from it, but Easter is the best news we’ll hear all year. So crank up the victory songs. There are SO many to love and all because He loved us first. To quote my pastor from Boston, “Sing along WITH GUSTO!” even if your voice isn’t your strongest gift. Like my Mom says, “In God’s ears we all sing in tune.”

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