By, Leigh Anne Tuohy
April 4, 2012
A shiny new pair of shoes, a hot cross bun, hiding colorful eggs, the big furry white bunny, the resurrection, a basket full of candy….What does Easter mean to you? Obviously, as we pass through different phases of life it means different things. As I am now 51 years old, which means I have completed several life phases, it is none of the above. It is more than something that is tangible. It is hope.
Hope is a powerful thing. It gives way to a new beginning, a tomorrow, another chance, a do over. Hope can chase away the darkest of days, despair and evil. Hope will illuminate a path that had previously seemed impossible to pass. Isaiah 40:31 says,
”Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Hope is a gift that God gives us time and time again, unconditionally. I realize that many people think of this as superstition and not fact. However, for Christians, Christ’s resurrection offers us the greatest hope ever known to man. It doesn’t matter what your church creed is, your denomination, your philosophy, what color your church is painted, how many choir members you have, if you sprinkle or dip, or if your church has a steeple or stained glass. Without Christ, Christianity would be just another one of those man made, dead religions. A religion that some mortal man came up with, probably to stroke his ego.
So stop this Easter and take a look at the portrait Christ paints for us every Spring. It is a painting of renewed hope as the dismal landscape becomes brilliant with trees budding and flowers rising out of the cold hard ground. There’s a celebration by all God’s creatures from the caterpillar forming his cocoon and then becoming a beautiful butterfly to a large bear awakening from a long winter’s nap. When I look around and see all the glory in mother nature, it to me is God’s first speech. It is God saying, “Yes, I may be invisible to you but look around you. I created the birds in the air, the fish in the vast seas, and every animal that takes a breath.” Nature alone should draw you to the hand of God. Christ gives you a snapshot of new beginnings, of hope, and a promising tomorrow.