Reflections by the Sea: Easter – The Coastland Times
By Betsy Ore Glass
Jesus said to him, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies” – John 11:25 NIV
What is Easter? The dictionary says it is “an annual Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox”.
I thought back to my youth and Easter was something that intrigued me. When I was a kid, Easter meant I would get a new “Sunday School outfit”, complete with new patent leather shoes and a hat. There would be a lot of shots with the old Brownie camera, and it would end abruptly when my dad ran out of flash bulbs! We didn’t know any better at the time, but we placed our Easter baskets, laden with chocolate, in the sunny rear window of the car while we went to Sunday school and church. A mess of melted chocolate always greeted us and my little white gloves didn’t stay white for long! Good memories of those years.
As I got older, I understood the “Easter story” enough to learn that Jesus was brutally treated and my heart ached for him. I saw a painting at the church of Jesus on the cross and it traumatized me. I didn’t understand the party. Easter was no longer something I embraced. And then years later I was taught eternal life and I realized that Easter was something to rejoice in and great joy filled my heart.
The true meaning of Easter is often overlooked in favor of Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, candy and more. These things are wonderful and our family will do all these things. But there is more. Everything about Easter begins with love. Jesus loved us so that we could live. He still loves us. All ages can relate to this. Our job as believers is to share this new beginning, The Good News, with all who hunger for it and to walk alongside them in love. The love that springs from Easter is not just one day. It’s for one season. Pray that God is working through each of us to put us in situations we can share and spread His Love. Happy Easter!
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation home in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cabin and introduced the area to their children. Afterwards, Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family often gathered. Join her at [email protected] or read more Reflections on www.betsyoreglass.com.
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