What a strange holiday this is in the United States. I’m hoping that my friends and readers from other countries can tell me how you celebrate Easter. I have done absolutely no research on this. This is just an opinion piece from a Christian woman who thinks rabbits are cute and who likes hiding Easter eggs.
NO DEPICTION HERE
I wanted to put a picture above of a famous painting that can capture my belief in God, Jesus and the Resurrection. But I can’t find one. No picture/painting does it for me. The image is in my brain and it is beyond my ability to describe it. Perhaps because it’s too personal? Words I can usually do. Images, not so much. Faith is believing, feeling and putting that faith into action.
But churches I can find and take pictures of aplenty. Here are a couple.
The Mission Church and grounds at St. Augustine, Florida is one of my favorite and most peaceful spots for prayer and reflection.
But then we get to the secular Easter stuff. Rabbits I can understand. A sign of spring. I guess rabbits hibernate in New York State? Remember…..I have done zero research for this post.
When we lived in Washington, DC, I looked out the window on either the day before Easter or Easter morning and saw a rabbit. My mother told me yes, that was the Easter bunny!! How awesome was that. Luckily, we had colored Easter eggs, especially because the Easter bunny couldn’t lay any of his/her own.
How did the Easter bunny get in our house to hide the eggs and deliver chocolate? Down the chimney? This is the first time that I’ve wondered about that.
And when did eggs enter the picture? Do chickens only lay eggs in the spring? And why are they extra cool if we dye them pastel colors? Now this chicken has possibilities.
I don’t know when the Christian beliefs and the celebration of springtime and chocolate got all mixed together. I’m assuming it’s a simple math equation that in this day and age, the Resurrection of Christ + historical pagan traditions + capitalism = Easter.
But I never once thought that Jesus or rabbits produced colored eggs.