Peace family, it’s Holy Week, the season that we celebrate the greatest love and sacrifice of all time as expressed through God’s gift of Jesus Christ!
An integral part of Easter is the pain, suffering and sacrifice that God did on our behalf, and the resulting joy and glory is so powerful because of it! That’s why I love Easter and all of its traditions, both solemn and joyful. Today, I want to take a little time to look at some of the traditions that focus on that joy.
I know that Easter eggs can be a touchy subject since they weren’t originally related to the story of Christ’s death and resurrection, but I think they can be a powerful symbol of the transformation that God does in our lives.
I have always loved dyeing eggs. We take a humble, drab, boring egg, pierce it, and blow out the goo inside, then we dip it into a mix of vinegar and water, wait patiently, and pull out something spectacularly colorful. Each one is different, each one is beautiful, and there is something mysterious and glorious in the change. As for plastic eggs, we fill them with treasures and teach children that treasures are worth looking for, even in unlikely places.
The Easter colors, bold golds and deep purples, remind us of God’s majesty and kingliness, his glory, his endless resources, and that he is worthy of our loyalty.
Meanwhile, did you know that most flowers have traditional meanings, including the flowers that we associate with Easter? Tulips represent perfect love. Pansies, whose original name was “Heart’s Ease,” represent the healing of a broken heart and loving thoughts. Lilies, the most popular Easter flower of all, represent purity and refined beauty, with Calla lilies specifically meaning magnificence and innocent beauty.
Peace family, there are so many ways to rejoice. May you find deeper joy, peace, and understanding of God’s worthiness this Easter than you ever have before, no matter what else is going on in your life. That is my prayer for you today. Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.