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Thursday, April 1, 2010

What Easter means to me

Easter is just around the corner now. What will the stores do with all those leftover peeps~ I guess they'll reduce the price so I can buy even more and go into a sugar coma. I like the traditions we build to celebrate "Easter". Easter Bunny, candy, colored eggs, Easter egg hunts, and family gatherings. One of my favorite family traditions was waking up and having to search for our hidden Easter baskets~ My parents would hide them in some pretty tough to find places. It was just fun searching for them. . . I enjoyed it! I also enjoyed coloring eggs and expressing my creative side with each individual egg that I gave personality to. I liked to eat the eggs as well, but being that I was a picky eater, I only ate the white part of the egg. I would cut the center yolk out and threw it away (still do that). I remember eating candy until my stomach hurt. I remember my sister and I always got a new Easter dress to wear to church. I also remember going to church and learning why we celebrate Easter.

So let me shift gears a little. All those traditions are fun, but like so many other VERY important holidays, the "true" meaning gets really lost. Easter is an incredible opportunity to focus on our Savior. Easter is a time to Celebrate Christ's life. Easter is a holiday of glorious celebration, celebrating the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Easter is more than bunnies, candy-filled eggs and new clothes, it is a spectacular reminder of God's Son and His sacrifices and the gloriousness of His life! How wonderful and amazing to know that death is not the end, that we will live again!

My Easter prayer is that as we enjoy the celebrations of Easter we will also take time to remember our Savior and his life. Easter is one of my most treasured holidays. . .


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1 comment:

Hanging out with the Riley's said...

love it Ja! As always following in your footsteps there will post like this on my blog as well. I love Easter and I loved all it teaches us too!

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