It’s Easter time! Easter is one of the most significant times of the year for Christians. It is when Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for mankind. God gave the ultimate sacrifice in allowing His son to take on all the guilt and shame of the world that was not his, so much that He could not look at His son, and had to sit silent and allow Him to be judged and die. Easter is the celebration of the resurrection and defeat of evil and death.
I know all that, grew up with it, wrote plays about it, sang songs, took part in feasts and revivals over the years. While Christmas is the birth of hope and joy, Easter is the birth of forgiveness and faith.
Easter is also about the Easter bunny. Oh sure, there is a debate, but really, should there be? I mean come on, it’s a bunny that hides eggs, is there really a contest? It’s just for fun people, live a little, have a scavenger hunt, play with your children you know they will only be young for a little while and childhood just doesn’t last long enough now days.
So why is this year different? Well, for most people it’s not, other than it is later in the year being in April instead of March. For me, it is different this year because this year, oddly enough, Easter falls on April 8th which is my mom’s birthday.
Though I try to get into the spirit of the season, I confess to having a hard time this year. It’s not that I don’t want too; it’s just a sort of hollow, bitter-sweet thing at the moment, yes, even though I know the wonderful promise that comes with Easter.
Still, the bluebonnets are beautiful this year and the kids have had lots of fun hunting eggs, the music is beautiful as always and the weather has been exceptional. Me? I will keep putting one foot in front of the other, feeling the sunshine and waiting for the warmth to be more than just skin deep. I have so very many things to be thankful for, and spring always brings new growth, beautiful flowers and birds raising their voices in song. Nature celebrates and renews in spring and so shall I. Here’s to a new start, a renewed spirit and a rebirth of hope and faith!
Cherry Coley ©