Countdown to Easter Day #3: Lost in the Canyon and Rescued!


Today’s Countdown to Easter story is about being rescued. This picture comes from a day when my kids and I ventured up the canyon just 10 minutes from my former home on a rare snowy day in southern AZ. (We used to live three hours southeast of Phoenix, and it did snow there once or twice a winter every year.) We went to see the snow in the mountains close to our home, hoping to go sledding, like we used to in Utah. We couldn’t find any good spots because of all the trees. Our minivan got stuck in the snow but some kind souls stopped to help pull us out so we could go home. How grateful we were! Each of us at some time in our life, no matter how smart, famous, beautiful, rich, fashionable or cute we are, will get stuck and depend on someone else to rescue us. Ultimately, each of us are stuck in death and sin and depend on our Savior Jesus Christ, who is sinless, to rescue us. At Easter time we celebrate our Savior’s rescuing grace. Oh how I rejoice in this grace!

I love this story from the New Era, the former youth magazine for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, about some youth who got stuck in a snowy canyon and then were rescued. Rescue situations are very real and scary. I rejoice whenever I hear of someone being rescued. It just serves to remind me of how precarious our mortal situation is and that we are dependent on Jesus Christ for everything we have and can be. This is great news because Jesus wants us to have everything He and the Father have, and we can, if we follow Jesus and do what He asks us to do. See Romans 8:16-17.

I am so grateful! This song below captures my feelings perfectly about how Jesus’ love is “the miracle that rescues you and me.” It’s a miracle we can all bask in!

Want more Easter stories, songs, and poetry? I have compiled a list here. Happy Easter!

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