Reflections by the Sea: Easter
Published 11:29 am Sunday, April 9, 2023
By Betsy Ore Glass
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” – John 11:25 NIV
What is Easter? The dictionary says it is “an annual Christian festival in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.”
I reflected back on my youth and Easter was something I was confused about. When I was a child, Easter meant I would get a new “Sunday School outfit,” complete with new patent leather shoes and a hat. There would be plenty of picture taking with the old Brownie camera, and it would abruptly end when my Daddy ran out of flashbulbs! We didn’t know any better then but we would put our Easter baskets, laden with chocolate, in the sunny rear window of the car while we went to Sunday school and church. A melted chocolate mess always greeted us and my little white gloves didn’t stay white for long! Good memories from those years.
As I got older, I understood enough of the “Easter story” to learn that Jesus was brutally treated and my heart ached for Him. I saw a painting at church of Jesus at the cross and it traumatized me. I didn’t understand the celebration. Easter was no longer anything I embraced. And then years later, I was taught about everlasting life and realized Easter was something to rejoice and great joy filled my heart.
The real significance of Easter often gets set aside in favor of Easter egg hunts, the Easter bunny, candy and more. Those things are wonderful and our family will be doing all those things. But there is more. Everything about Easter begins with love. Jesus loved us so we could live. He still loves us. All ages can understand that. Our job as Believers is to share this new beginning, The Good News, with anyone who hungers for it and walk along side of them in love. The love that springs forth from Easter is not just for a day. It is for a season. Praying that God works through each of us to put us in situations that we can share and spread His Love. Happy Easter!
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at email@example.com. To learn more about her books, visit betsyoreglass.com.