By Lana Turnbull
The signs are everywhere, from budding trees to the appearance of spring flowers, seemingly out of nowhere. The days are a little warmer, our lawns are a little greener and we have definitely had our share of spring showers. With spring comes one of the most sacred celebrations of the Christian faith – Easter. It is a season of rebirth, not just of renewed life in the natural world around us as nature “springs” back from its long sleep, but a time to celebrate the miracle of the resurrection and the possibility of renewed life in Christ, life that is eternal.
The reason we decorate eggs as part of our Easter traditions actually predates Christianity. In many cultures, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. When immigrants from around the world came to this country to take their shot at a new life, they brought with them the traditions they had practiced in their countries of origin. It is believed the Easter Bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania and transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare. Their children made nests where a furtive bunny could leave its colored eggs. Of course now the most prized eggs are chocolate and the bunny can be found making appearances all over the place.
As we celebrate the traditions of Easter, both religious and secular, it is a time to remember the real meaning of Easter. Much like the promise of spring…that each year new life will emerge from bare trees and the barren ground, the promise of Easter is that even the darkest, most tortured soul can experience rebirth in the belief of Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension. What a joyful message of hope and salvation.
From all of us at Well-Being, here’s wishing you a very happy Easter!