As you know, I don’t like intruding on anyone’s thoughts about religion, as it’s a very private thing. But certain words resonate for all of us, whatever our beliefs, and as much as I like the whimsical side of Easter (my family and I wear bunny ears every year at Easter brunch, and I can never resist chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies and eggs!!!)—-but in spite of that less serious note, the concept of ‘resurrection’ resonates deeply for me every year. We all have our private battles, our deep hopes and unexpected disappointments. We carry our burdens, face our challenges, and struggle with our responsibilities, and at times it can be a heavy load. At times we are all exhausted by what we have to face every day. And at its worst, the concept of ‘crucifixion’ resonates for us too: the unfair blows, an illness, the death of someone we love, an unfair accusation, a lost job, the betrayal of a friend or someone we love. All of those things can come as terrible blows, and seriously discourage us and lay us low. We have all faced those terrible moments where we wonder if our daily struggles are worth it, and feel ‘crucified’.
Easter combines those two elements, the one of great discouragement, and then the dawn of hope, of ‘resurrection’, of coming to life again, and emerging from the darkness, the rebirth into newness of life. I love that concept, that each of us can be ‘resurrected’ from the depths of despair, feel freer in the face of our burdens, and face life again with a spring in our step. It’s hard to predict what will turn a dark time around, the support of a friend or loved one, a new idea, a burst of energy, or faith, or just the conviction that we can climb back out of the pit again. The whole idea of resurrection is based on hope. And each year, at Easter time, I am reminded of that idea, the notion of resurrection, of being reborn, and starting fresh. And whatever your beliefs, religious or not, I hope that you will be touched by the idea of resurrection at this time of year, to rise from the ashes of disappointment or even despair——and be resurrected on a new day. I hope you have, or have had, a wonderful Easter this year.