Remembrances of Resurrection Day

Remembrances of Resurrection Day

While shopping the day before Easter, I was reminded of the way we celebrated Easter when I was a child. While we did enjoy baskets of candy and eggs, the attention was focused more on the new clothes we would wear. We wouldn’t dare go to church without a new dress and, yes, white gloves. My photographer dad was always ready with a camera and many pictures exist of my brothers and I posing in our new duds. One year my skull was adorned with a flat, pink dinner-plate-looking hat that would not stay on my head. I still remember holding that hat down to keep it from blowing away.

We always had a basket of goodies, but I could never figure out the connection between rabbits and eggs. In those days we used hard-boiled eggs dyed in hot vinegar and food coloring. We cooked more than we could eat because it was too much fun to keep coloring despite the mess we made. Later, large batches of deviled eggs and potato salad filled the table as we tried to consume them before they spoiled.  

By the time I had children of my own the coloring task had been exchanged for small colored tablets that dissolved in water. We spent a few years in Wyoming and Utah, so Easter was sometimes spent indoors during a blizzard. Eggs were hidden in the house and failure to count them before hiding resulted in not knowing if all were found. A foul smell several days later aided in finding the missing odor-causing culprits.

While sweet treats, new outfits and hiding eggs are still fun, the important thing about Easter is to remember the real reason we celebrate the day. Christmas was about Jesus, but Easter is about us. We are the reason there was a resurrection. For without Jesus coming out of the grave we would have no hope. There would be no us.

So, if you are eating leftover chocolate rabbits and marshmallow peeps, I hope you will let the sugary goodness remind you of the sweetness of Christ’s sacrifice. Eggs can show us the new life of the resurrection and Easter clothes can remind us of the robe of righteous Jesus adorns us with.

May your basket continue to be filled with blessings because the celebration of the Resurrection never ends!

Barbara Latta About Barbara Latta

Barbara Latta’s desire is to help others find intimacy with God through a deeper understanding of the power of the Word. She writes a monthly column in her local newspaper and contributes to devotional websites and several anthologies. Her first book, God's Maps, Stories of Inspiration and Direction for Motorcycle Riders was released in March, 2018 and is available at Amazon. She serves as Chaplain for the Word Weavers Madison, Georgia chapter. Barbara posts on her blog.

Comments

  1. I always wondered about the reason for sweet treats, too. Thanks for pointing out one possible connection–the sweetness of Christ’s sacrifice.

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