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.

Love, Danielle

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5 Comments so far
  1. PJ April 4, 2012 9:50 am

    This is the most lovely description of Easter I have ever read. Thank you.

  2. Lea Williams April 5, 2012 9:42 am

    Your words resonated in my heart, being a born again Christian it put a deeper understanding of Easter. Your description is wonderful. I hope you Easter is wonderful for you.

  3. Sunday April 6, 2012 4:18 am

    Dear Danielle ~

    Bravo! Beautifully written as usual! I was raised as a Catholic, even went to Catholic school for part of my childhood and the Easter holiday was always my favorite time of year. Strangely, I enjoyed going to church more during Easter than Christmas. But, in spite of my Catholic upbringing, I must sheepishly admit that I am not an overly religious person. Please don’t get me wrong – I love God with all of my heart, but I don’t go to church any more. I have my own relationship with God and it works for me just as it is. Your analogy of resurrection during Easter was wonderful! It actually reminds me of a verse from an easter song we used to sing on Good Friday during mass: “But then comes the morning – yesterday’s sorrows are gone – wake, it’s the day of your longing, life returns…” (I forget the rest of the words! lol) But I absolutely loved that song! We are going through difficult times right now, so the thought of starting anew leaves me with a very hopeful feeling for my future and that of my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    (((hugs to you)))

  4. Lonely Wife April 6, 2012 11:36 pm

    Do I get a complimentary dildo for joining the Danielle Steel book club? Whenever I open up one of your books, it’s like the fiery hot passion of my once-existent love live comes alive, even though my husband hasn’t given me a harsh dicking in 15 years, all due to his e.d., balding, and his golfing.

  5. Nicole April 10, 2012 1:57 am

    Dear Ms Steel

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter, mine was great. Love reading your posts, people on the Internet are so often negative always complaining but you always manage to make people smile.