Happy Easter: Reflections from Reverend Hanna

By Lauren Sanderlin | Publish Date April 04, 2021

Happy Easter to ALL!!!  As we celebrate this wonderful occasion I hope this will put a smile on our faces.  It’s called, “All I Need to Know About Life I Learned from the Easter Bunny” and it goes like this:

  1. Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
  2. Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.
  3. There’s no such thing as too much chocolate.
  4. All work and no play can make you a basket case.
  5.  Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.
  6. To show your true colors sometimes you have to come out of your shell.


More seriously, however, I want us to reflect on the lesson this pandemic has taught us about how Easter is about turning a negative into a positive.

You see, usually in life we consider a negative to be a bad thing.  The stock market going down is a negative.  Your team losing the game is a negative.  Your car needing expensive repairs is a negative.  Jesus being arrested and crucified is a negative.

But this Coronavirus has taught us that sometimes a negative can be a positive.  Because when you’re awaiting the results of a coronavirus test what you want to hear is not “positive” but “negative.”

Same with waiting for the results of a health biopsy.  What we want to hear is not “positive” but “negative”!

Easter is a perfect example of the fact that sometimes God can use a negative and turn it into a positive.  The arrest of Jesus by the authorities and his death the Cross was considered to be a negative in every way.  His disciples were wondering what they would do now that the one they had followed for three years was dead and gone.  They were living in fear for their own lives.  Everything about Jesus’ death was negative.

Until that first Easter Sunday morning.  That’s when God revealed how he could take a negative and turn it into a positive.

As we read in Matthew 28 when the women who had come to grieve at Jesus’ tomb encountered the angel who said to them, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead!”

And that dear friends is the message of Easter!

– That God takes something negative and turn it into something positive. 

– That God can take a crises and turns it into opportunities to learn and grow.

– That God can take darkness and turn it into light.

– That God takes death and turn it into life.

As Paul wrote in those wonderful words from Romans 8:28:   “All things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose.”

So, as we celebrate Easter this year let’s embrace the positives that can come out of negatives.   Christ’s death was to the world a terrible negative.  But his resurrection from the grave was a wonderful positive that has changed human history and hopefully has changed our lives.   May that reality empower us as we face every challenge of life!  


The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

My only regret is that I didn’t move here sooner with my late husband. We would have loved living here together. It would have been perfect for us to travel without the responsibilities of a home.

Nell Mehaffey Current Resident

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

We love that Kirkwood isn’t only church affiliated, but faith is a very prominent, important part of the community. To us, there just couldn’t be a better place.

Bob Tate Current Resident

If you asked me, I would say it gets better every year!

Robbie Sevier Former Resident of 37 Years

We’re a family. We really are a family.

Bet Kesmodel Current Resident