Sending Easter greetings from Albertville, with the Pascal greeting in french:
Christ est ressuscité! Il est vraiment ressuscité!
We will be celebrating with the believers at the church we have been attending church here. Most of the students from the school attend there. We make up about half the church and a large part of the children. This is the entrance way that leads to a small building behind. It’s really more of a storefront type of room with one large room for worship and several smaller rooms for Sunday school/nursery.
It is, of course, all in french. After three months I can sing some of the songs because they are up on a screen and some of the tunes are familiar even if the words aren’t. For me, the speaking during the service has gone from just sounds to a few recognizable words. Context is everything, so if I can read in the french Bible along with the whoever is reading I can figure some of it out, especially since I am familiar with much of what it says. I’m anxiously awaiting the day I will be able to understand the announcements or prayers or even a few sentences from the sermon. Others tell me it eventually happens but I think it’s still a long way off for me. But we will be happy to be with these new friends on Easter at any rate. Then we are having a few friends from school over for the traditional French Easter meal–leg of lamb.
Spring is definitely in the air here, although it has been raining all week canceling the outdoor activities of egg hunts today. We did see some windows sporting their Easter eggs today as we walked around. The aisle in the grocery story, full of chocolate bunnies on Monday, was nearly empty today. We’ve been told that Monday is a holiday with no school and may businesses closed but it is not called a religious holiday. The greatest event of history and our world has difficulty acknowledging it or talking about it.
As we are rejoicing today in the Lord’s victory over death and how He is making all things new, we send our greetings and prayers to you, friends and family! May you be affirmed in God’s love, encouraged by the truth of His resurrection and rejoicing in hope.
Christ is risen! He has risen indeed! Joyeuses Pâques!