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Easter as seen by a simple nonreligious preacher man.
Truth is I put this little angel up on top of the car so she would stop searching for eggs before putting on her silk and chiffon dress and having that hair jus
Spring Hats and New Ties!
Oh the fun of getting dressed up for Easter. Personally I think the little children are my favorite. Those fancy dresses and boys in suits. How glorious to see them so well behaved as they do their appropriate duty at church or brunch. The girls so prim and proper not wanting to wrinkle a thing or mess the hair they and mom worked so hard on. The boys itching and scratching and being choked by little ties. Picture time is a blast and hopeful flowers are out to accentuate the colors and gaiety of the occasion, even fresh smells join in to add a sense of wonder.
And then the absolute mayhem of the Easter egg hunt. Pushing and shoving and diving onto grass or dirt in bushes. Candy being found and the chocolate destroying all sense of propriety. The smell of the egg's sulfur changing the aroma not much for the better. A cry here and there over "things". and several tramples daffodils.
Shucks the author likes the mayhem as much as to pomp and circumstance leading up to it, but it all part of the same ball of wax.
The song is key in a phrase that means resurrection to us today.
Death is not always physical.
"As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free". That is not what it looks like on its face. Break it down. He did not die. His humanness died. And the second part applies to each of us both for ourselves and for how we treat others, and do for them. We have to die to our human condition of selfishness and greed and lack of caring. And then we have to find the courage to live in love. Battle Hymn of The Republic was not written as a war song, it was written by a nice little lady who could not sleep and wrote it as a hymn all in one sitting finishing up as the sun rose that morning. She was adored by Abraham Lincoln.
Did you know that the Battle Hymn of The Republic was only written as a hymn?
I believe that is true.
Known as an Ascension
So this resurrection business is about the example set by Easter.
Did you know that all the cells in your body die every 7 years or so. No not all at once but that is the cycle. So we are constantly dying in order to stay healthy -- weird isn't it? Now the body is the sum of all the parts. So the body allows some cells to die so that new cells can grow. And the body does not die it actually is "reborn" every 7 or so years.
Some would say that Christ died and was "reborn" on Easter. While we all appreciate that Christ was made human. His humanity was only for us. Most the time our humanity is for us. Christ therefor showed us pure Love. Pure Love does not die and therefor cannot be reborn.
Our love is not pure and it can die and needs to be reborn. (for folks like the author about 10 times a day ;-) We just cannot wrap our heads around pure love or our hearts for that matter.
But we can get resurrection. And we can get ascension. Because if we try we can be brought back to life and love and ascend to a better spiritual, moral and loving place.
Our fear that if we fail we can raise up again is told in this story of Peter.
There is hope in Easter for all of us.
Is the story so much about Jesus being resurrected or is it about our own ability to resurrect our lives after hardship, failure, illness and loss of love? If we believe that Jesus is alive then that means he can forgive us he can lift us up again and again and again.
And so the song above about Peter reminds us of that first Easter. Peter could not handle the Love being given. Until he forgave himself for his denial 3 times. And he realized it could never be the same again. Amen to that brother. You see even self forgiveness requires a repentance and all that fancy word means is to turn around and not act the same again. Once we believe that He is alive life can never be the same again - thank God.
Let a new day dawn in your life, every day.
Now to the heart of the matter. And a word for non-believers.
A horrible thing was done to a man. He was falsely accused and betrayed and when cleared of the charges the politics of the day still insisted he be crucified. Humiliation, torture, beating and an ultimate horrible death on a cross. This ultimately was because he spoke out against a church, "the" church of the day. The church rulers of the day. Blasphemy was his charge and his crime against the rulers of that society.
So in every Christian Church throughout the lands celebrate the Easter day, think hard about your leaders. Are they about the politics of the day or are they on the side of Jesus - straight forward pure Love without dogma and judgment. Are you saved by them or by Christ?
I do not suggest one single church priest or pastor does it wrong, but neither did the people who yelled "crucify him, crucify him" they just followed blindly.
And when on this great Easter day Christ returned with only Love still in his immortal heart, forgiving all. So pay attention but do it with love in your heart and soul and mind.
Now to my so many atheist friends. Take this Easter to learn of the parable. Worry not of the exact truth or proof but grasp the lesson for yourselves. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Love yourself and love others. Allow your self to be reborn each day just like the cells in your body are doing. Don't worry so much about accuracy but look at the big picture lesson. Today is better than yesterday, tomorrow is better than today if that is our mindset.
Back to the beginning.
Those beautiful little children before the fun began will be cleaned up and then get dirty again and then get cleaned up again. Until one day they will be doing it for their children. Make the day about them. For the children are the ultimate in moving forward in our lives. And there just are not enough Easters for them to be children and as with us, things will never be the same. Thank God.