We celebrated Easter away from our home church and apart from our extended family in an historic part of Williamsburg, Virginia. We were reminded that even the early settlers of Jamestown, amidst their toil and hardship, took time to gather together to worship our risen Lord. Despite their meager existence, these early colonists would have made a special meal to celebrate Easter. Living in our shiny, new suburban neighborhood, it is easy to forget the sacrifices that were made for our religous freedom.
Living 2000 years after the death and resurrection of Christ, do we remember the sacrifice that was made for our spiritual freedom?
Williamsburg Baptist Church, which we attended Easter morning, was built directly across the street from the College of William and Mary, the country's first college. Below is The Wren Building. Erected in 1695, it is the oldest college building in the U.S. It was interesting to walk around the side and look into the large, open basement windows. The cool, cellar classroom must have been a favorite in the Virginia heat! Two large fireplaces kept it warm in the winter.
Forgetting that restaurant reservations are usually a good idea on Easter Sunday, we enjoyed a not-so traditional Easter dinner at a trendy local coffee shop.