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Easter is a season filled with hope and miracles

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By Annettee Budzban

"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection "

-- Philippians 3:10 (NIV)

Each Easter season, I ponder a personal experience from my past that reminds me of the significant meaning of Easter.

It was a Good Friday morning. I approached the crib of my 5-week-old baby to find him listless and barely responsive to my touch. Immediately, I called our family physician to get some instructions.

Before I knew it, we were in the pediatric ward of a local hospital. Waiting for my husband to arrive, I stood alone and frightened outside the treatment room.

Tears streamed down my cheeks, as I anxiously awaited the doctor's diagnosis. Then the door swung open, and I was approached by a pair of pediatricians wearing protective gowns and masks. The serious frowns on their faces made me shiver.

Then one of them spoke, informing me the prognosis wasn't good. He continued by explaining that my baby had spinal meningitis and pneumonia and probably wouldn't make it though the night.

My mind swirled with perplexing thoughts, "How could all this be happening so fast? He didn't even show signs of a sniffle." When my husband arrived we went to the hospital chapel for prayer.

As the doctors and nurses administered medication to our infant, we asked for God's grace and healing to be administered to our newest family member. After all, it was Good Friday. Wasn't it a time for miracles?

On Easter morning I stuck my hand through the circular opening of the incubator to discover my baby grasping my finger. There were still some challenging days ahead, but God had saved him from the worst. Within a month he was fully recovered without a trace of damage.

Our Christian faith is based on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus' resurrection changed the course of history.

Today our faith in Jesus releases the same power of the Holy Spirit to resurrect our dead circumstances. Easter is a season filled with hope and miracles.

This Easter season, many people have a need waiting to be met. Let's release our faith together for the miracle working power of Christ to meet that special need.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach, and nurse. Join her from 3-4 p.m. Saturday April 6, at Panera Bread in Round Lake Beach for "13 Steps to Make Your Dreams Realities." Free. Due to limited seating, register by calling (847) 543-8413 or email

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