Easter is by far one of my favorite times of the year.
Although the religious significance of the season is a big part of why I love this time of year, it’s also the feeling in the atmosphere that excites me. The smell of hyacinths and honeysuckles that fill the warm, sun-kissed air and the vibrant colors that can’t help but make you feel at ease in the midst of personal storms.
I grew up going to Midway Baptist Church one of the best, most loving churches in the community. I’ll never forget everyone dressed up in their Sunday best, the choir singing such hymns as “The Old Rugged Cross” and other such suitable songs, and Rev. Leonard Dabney preaching the Easter story with such fire and brimstone that made any sinner hit his or her knees.
After service, we kids would make sure we were the first ones out the door in search of that all-beloved prize egg. We’d search for eggs, step on a few, and then take the rest home to our grandfathers who would break open the shell, grab a salt shaker, and eat to their hearts content.
At least, that what my Papaw did.
In a world that sometimes feels beyond our control and a governmental system that seems to have gone awry, thank goodness we’ve got such wonderful memories as Easter egg hunts, vibrant colors, and floral displays galore that take us back to a simpler time.
I think if we didn’t, how hopeless and depressing this world would seem.
The government can slowly take away our freedom, the economy may go up and down like a yo-yo, and life’s treacherous journeys may cause our hearts to break and make us feel alone. Just remember that those things may happen, but the one thing that will never change is what’s inside each and every one of us, a lifetime of memories that causes us to smile a smile that cannot be taken away, stolen by thieves, or sold to the highest bidder.
Always remember, dear readers, things happen that we have no control over--that’s just how life operates sometime. But it’s those things like wonderful, heartwarming memories that we can always enjoy whenever we like.
And that, my dear readers, we can control even when things in the world changes and become mandatory.
From my family to yours, have a safe and a beloved Easter.