Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Greetings

Today is the most holy day of the Christian calendar...Easter, the day we celebrate the resurrection of our Christ. Actually we consider ourselves Easter people, celebrating this basic fact every Sunday. Easter people we are indeed.

We start the day in the graveyard when the minister announces "The Lord is Risen," and we respond, "The Lord is Risen indeed."

In 1917 when this Easter Greeting was sent to my husband's great grandmother, Easter was just as meaningful, its message just as powerful. Those Easter lilies and the basket of eggs the boy is holding are symbols of the ongoing life that our faith promises.

Our official church Easter egg hunt was yesterday, but the children typically bring their baskets with them this Sunday morning to show what surprises the Easter Bunny brought to them. I often hear people lament that Easter has become commercialized, and a quick trip through any grocery or general store can't help but lead one to that same conclusion. When did the Easter bunny take over? Take a look at this post card dated 1909, well over a hundred years ago. The Easter bunny might not be a milk chocolate treat. The children might not be wearing t-shirts and flipflops. The flowers might be real, not plastic imitations. But the calmness and serenity of an Easter greeting is the same through the decades that have elapsed. The joy of finding an egg (or a truth) continues generation after generation.

There was a reason to send an Easter post card through the mail in 1909 and there is a reason to send an Easter e-card across the internet in 2016. 

Rejoice and be glad. The Lord is risen. The Lord is risen indeed.

Catch of the day,


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