I ran out of time to write a thoughtful post for this week’s Wednesday’s Woman, and because I really like these posts, I didn’t want to throw just anything up and hope it sticks.

But, if I’d had more time to research and plan and think, I wanted to talk about the women of the cross.  Of course, with Easter coming up, the death and resurrection of Jesus is on my mind, and I thought I would be remiss not to mention it. Easter is one of my favorite holidays because it is so full of joy and celebration.  The pressures of Christmas aren’t there, and yes, there’s an Easter Bunny, but overall, the holiday is way less commercialized and still definitely recognized as a religious one; I mean, really, there’s no other way to spin Easter.

As I’ve been thinking about it, I was struck by how many women were around Jesus in his final days; one of the last people He spoke to was a woman – His mother.  And the first person he appeared to when He rose was a woman – Mary Magdalene.

I know there’s a principle here to be drawn out, but I need more time to study in order to do that.  Regardless, though, I’d encourage you to think about these women as you’re studying the Gospel this weekend.  What were their emotions?  What were there connections with Jesus?  Why was He looking out for them specifically in his last – and first – moments?

If you come up with some insights, I’d love to hear them!  But perhaps, if nothing else, it’ll be a fresh way to look at a familiar story.   May it never grow stale or commonplace to us.

I hope you enjoy your weekend, celebrating all that Jesus did for us on the cross and resurrection.

Christ is Risen!  He is risen, indeed!