Easter marks new beginnings, joy and renewal.

Sunrise service takes place for me on Easter morning in private prayer while gazing out at the sun’s rays slowly rising upon the horizon. Year after year, I catch my breath in anticipation of seeing the magnitude of His works display before me like paint upon a canvas.

It is in that brief moment, I know “He Has Risen” and a feeling of all encompassing love and peace envelopes me. Through prayer, I prepare for it; I wait and I watch and even on those Easter Sundays when it is overcast with clouds, I know beyond a shadow of doubt, He is there. More often than not those precious moments make me late for church where the worship continues with other believers of the resurrection of Jesus.

Glimpsing back over the last few months of uncertainty and doubt across our nation, it is my personal belief this Easter will bring a sigh of relief and renewel that all things will be made right. Joy should fill our hearts as if it is the beginning of a new year. In reality, is the mark of new beginnings and a true sense of spring. The stone at the head of the tomb has been rolled away and He has risen. Pretty new clothes and the Easter bunny may seem to be an integral part of the day, but in the scheme of things not necessary.

SPEAKING of the Easter bunny, we have yet to catch it hopping around First Presbyterian Church as in the past. For some reason that particular church seems to be one of its favorite places to hide eggs. I do understand he will be near the location at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

ARABELLA ASSISTED LIVING celebrated Easter with residents on Thursday afternoon with a drive-by parade. That Easter bunny was seen giving out candy eggs and treats to the residents. The sun was shining and they seemed to have enjoyed all the attention.

OVERTON HEALTH hosted a community-wide Easter egg hunt at their facility on Friday, which provided excitement for their residents.

FUN can be found in downtown Kilgore on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m., and to be sure and bring the kids. Bounce houses, coloring contests, board games, air hockey and an Easter egg hunt from 2 to 3 p.m. Josey Wales Antiques will host an egg on the spoon contest and a jump rope contest. Boonies Restaurant will host Curtis Grimes in concert with Luke Prater opening at 6:30 p.m.

CHURCHES have their doors open and are providing a safe environment for you this Sunday. More can be found in the Faith Guide located inside this issue of the News Herald.

May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.

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May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.


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