On Easter morning, we made one of our favorite short hikes up Bradbury Mountain near Freeport for the Easter Sunrise Service. We missed it last year because the weather guy told us it was going to rain. It did NOT rain.
This year a spectacularly clear and sunny morning was forecasted. And lo and behold, that's what we got.
We arrived at the base of the mountain about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was clear and cold. And dark. Flashlights could be seen bouncing along the steep wooded trail in front of us and behind us, as hearty early risers made their way to the top. When we reached the top, a small crowd was already gathering on the flat rock at the summit. There, we put down our red fleece blanket and sat down facing east.
Not long after the service began, the sun peeked over the horizon.
Easter Sunrise service makes Easter special for me in a way I never knew it could, as I never did this while growing up. Seeing old friends, singing praise songs about the resurrection, shouting "He is Risen!"; it puts everything back into the proper perspective.
Afterward, we walked back down the long way (which is only about a mile, at most) and went home to breakfast... and of course, chocolate. :)
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