Easter is time of rebirth, new beginnings and hope.
The flowers symbolize all that for me.
They are just so beautiful
Happy Easter to you!
Almighty God, who through your only‑begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life‑giving Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one
God, now and for ever.
Anglican Prayer for Easter Sunday
Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version,
Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.
It is true confessions time today. Easter makes me uncomfortable. I mean really uncomfortable. What a confession for somebody who says they are a Christian isn’t it. It is not the theology that bothers me. What bothers me is my memories of Easter’s past. Some of my earliest memories of church are of a Lutheran Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My dad was a Forest Ranger on the Santa Fe National Forest and we lived in the little town of Coyote. Every now and then we would make the long trip to Santa Fe and go to church. In the days before there was good air conditioning it could be hot and stuffy in the church and I would pass out. Not from a state of religious exhilaration but from a lack of air. I would wake up laying down in the grass outside the church. I think it happened twice when I was a preschooler and once again when I was 16 and just visiting.
So, I just quit going to church on Easter for decades. I think that I was in my forties before I went back on Easter again. Now I go to Easter but I do have to subdue a little panic feeling because the building is generally packed and the weather is warm so if I have to get up and go to the lobby for a little cooler air and to get some space between me and others please excuse me.
So I know that Easter is the big day in Christianity, bigger than Christmas, bigger even than the Super Bowl!! But I’ve never really liked it very much personally.
But, Happy Easter to those of you who observe it, and are better Christians than I, and if you don’t observe it, have a good day anyway!
Home from Easter church service, but before we change and get out of our clothes and run and around to pick up the house and cook Easter lunch lets take a few pics. It’s a time honored tradition!
Ready, lets go!
Yeah, well that’s okay. Something is wrong with the camera lens that expands everything at my waist. So lets fix that.
Hmm, that’s better but I cut the top of my head off. Big loss there right? I’m calling it good.
Okay, lets pick up the critters. From left to right meet Rascal, Ginger, and Abby. Okay, one is enough of this.
Finally a decent shot!
Yep, he is taller than me. But I’m meaner.
Aw, my main squeeze. Isn’t she beautiful!
She said, get out of the picture Jack. I said my name wasn’t Jack. She said she didn’t care just get her Rascal. So here they are. I had to overexpose it a little bit cuz otherwise he is a black blob.
I hope that you all are having as much fun on Easter as we are.
To Christians, Easter is all about the cross.
It is also about new life,
and innocence and sacrifice
And of course Easter is celebrated during Spring
When the flowers are blooming and the sun is higher and it is warming up,
Some say that early day Christians took over an ancient pagan fertility celebration.
I say, maybe so, I don’t care, I know what it means to me.
It is still about the cross,
and rebirth, and new life, and hope.
So if we color a few eggs, or plant some flowers along the way, I don’t think it hurts a thing.
Life is complicated, so are our holidays. We are only human,
The secret is to keep your eyes on what is important.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,” (I Peter 1:3 NIV)
Happy Easter Everyone!!
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,”
(Luke 24:1-2 ESV)
I hope that you are having a great Easter Sunday!
What can I say about Easter? If there were no resurrection then we would have had a wise man who said and did a lot of great things and who was killed for it. Big deal. The resurrection is why we have hope.
I always wondered though about how it looked first hand to those who first saw Jesus after he was resurrected. I think he tried to break it to them gently by using angels but people were shocked nonetheless. I mean its one thing to be told about something and another to experience it.
Jesus himself didn’t say much when he first appears alive after his death. In the Matthew account he says simply “Greetings.” In John, he says “Mary.” He had to know that the shock of his appearance would be beyond overwhelming.
How great is it going to be when we get to say “Hello” to those loved ones who preceded us in death?
In the meantime we celebrate Easter as a time of new beginnings.
Have a Blessed Easter from the Yogi’s.