They both signify new beginnings.
Last Friday, Jon and I picked up our daughter Amy from the airport; she
was coming home for Easter weekend. Fortunately she flies in and out of
John Wayne, so it's an easy trip for us.
Two weeks ago, Jon and I flew in and out of Los Angeles International
Airport, which is farther away and makes for a harder and longer
experience. But if the only way we could have Amy home for the weekend
was to drive up to Los Angeles, I wouldn't think twice about it. In fact,
if the only way we could have Amy home was to make the drive up to
Northern California and drive her back home, I would have done that too,
just for the chance to be with her.
Last Friday was also Good Friday, and Amy landed in time for the three of
us to go to a Good Friday service at our church. It is one of my favorite
services, and this one was especially meaningful.
A talented young man named Corey sang a moving song called "Love Song."
During his solo, a tender drama was acted out with different scenes of
people who wanted nothing more than to be with their loved ones. We saw a
couple get married. We saw a little girl run to greet her daddy at the
The words of the refrain got to me. The words are: "Just to be with you,
I would do anything, there is no price I would not pay. Just to be with
you, I would give everything, I would give my life away."
Amy reached over and grabbed my hand. We didn't let go of each other
until the end of the service.
I thought about how deeply joyful and grateful I was to be sitting next
to Amy. I also thought about how much we wished our other daughter,
Kelly, could have been with us, as well.
I'm happy that Amy's short flight and our short drive were all it took
for us to be together. I'm sorry that thousands of miles separated us
from Kelly, and there was nothing I could do to change that. It's painful
to be separated from the ones we love.
I heard the refrain again and thought about how much God wanted to be
with his loved ones, and how he did the only thing he could do to make
that possible. It was a hard, long and deathly painful experience for
God, but he wanted nothing more than to be with us.
The name of the song, "Love Song," is a perfect name because Easter is
the perfect new year for our soul. Easter is also the perfect love story
for our lives.
And you can quote me on that.
CINDY TRANE CHRISTESON is a Newport Beach resident who speaks frequently
to parenting groups. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or through the mail at P.O. Box 6140-No. 505, Newport Beach 92658.