Saturday, March 30, 2013
There are friendships for a day, friendships for a year, and then there are friendships that continue giving even when that friend has been absent for many years.
Especially every holiday, memories of my late friend Mary Blitchington return when I find words she sent to me many years ago.
The following is a special one that she gave me about the symbols of Easter:
"Easter, the most important holy day for Christians, has caused to immerge countless traditions, both secular and religious. Here are some of them:
"Easter eggs have a very long ancestry ... perhaps thousands of years. The egg has been regarded as a symbol of spring and rebirth - a live creature emerges from a seemingly inanimate object! The egg also symbolizes the tomb from which Christ emerged to new life."
Easter lilies, whose lovely white blossoms represent purity, symbolizes the new life that comes through the resurrection.
"The lamb, a symbol of innocence, represents Jesus and relates His death to that of the lamb sacrificed on the first Passover."
The Easter Bunny came to America in the 18th to 19th centuries from Germany.
"The rabbit is a symbol of spring and fertility."
Crucifix - when a cross bears a representation of Jesus, it is called a crucifix. An empty cross symbolizes both the death and resurrection.
Easter is a time for memories of past years when ladies received corsages to wear to church and many children would have new white shoes and the churches would be filled for the first time that year. It is a time when new life appears as plants push through the cold earth to bring forth beautiful blossoms and birds begin to build nests and fill the air with their songs. It is a time when we celebrate that our Savior has risen and there is hope for us and our future.
Another symbol of Easter is the beautiful butterfly. You can enjoy the sight of many butterflies on Easter Sunday when a butterfly release will be held at Grace United Methodist Church Easter morning.
As we remember those no longer with us and celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, we can be reassured that life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon. The horizon is nothing but a limit of one's sight. Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp, because the dawn has come.
We hope for you and your family a glorious Easter!