1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus' body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, "Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:1-6
today we showed up to the sunrise beach service off base (hosted by our protestant base chapel) with echo, our beach chairs, and wearing casual clothes (read: track suit and no makeup.) when we arrived, we were shocked to see the concrete platform 10 meters above the beach, owned by a hotel, full of white plastic chairs, and sound/music/instruments all set up. to top it off, people were greeting us in ties and easter dresses. ties and easter dresses!! my heart starting beating rapidly. embarassment unconcealed by red cheeks began to take over. i thought, 'crap, why are they all dressed up!!' we didn't get the memo that the beach sunrise service was formal! after thinking about it, i was not surprised since our base chaplain's denomination is formal, but i thought a beach sunrise service would be cop-a-squat casual-style service, simple and pure. we've stumbled upon a few in our time and found a casual, welcoming, simple set-up.
we tried to hide in the back at the end of the aisle, and lucklily echo was good and didn't whine, beg, or draw attention to herself (us). despite how awkard i felt, it was good. it was good because i know God doesn't care how i show up. God doesn't care how anyone 'shows up' to meet with Him. for it is by HIS GRACE we are saved. nothing of ourselves. and nothing we do impresses Him. He died and rose for us. He LOVED (and still LOVES) us that much! and today, we celebrated that! track suit and all...