There is something bright and shiny about an Easter morning. More than the sunrise showering colors all over the horizon – and more than ladies dressed in their finest, hustling uncomfortable kiddies into their church to show off new outfits.
It’s the attitude that somehow bubbles up in our hearts and minds that hope does spring eternally into our thinking and feeling. No matter how caustic the news has been, or how noisy the politics has become, we look at Easter from the point of view of new beginnings, renewing goals with clearer vision, seeing past the foggy rhetoric or the winter doldrums and expecting wonderful things to come.
There is a joy when we watch the children running around seeking the hidden treasures of colored eggs, some filled with candy and others may turn into salads for a picnic. Even the very young get involved in discovering that they, too, can find a special prize – never noticing that Mom and Dad are holding back the older ones just for that moment.
Some will find baby bunnies or little chicks – and if they are living, it is hoped that someone knows what to do to keep them so. Some of us will remember when our grandparents raised rabbits or chickens and also remember how fragile the babies could be.
Many of us will have gone to church today and thrilled at the songs and the message of Jesus speaking to Mary outside the tomb when she didn’t recognize him. We often don’t see the true image before us because we are expecting something else to appear. There is something mystical and magical in the story of Jesus – and it might be just that very thing that turns so many people off of religion in general. Those of us raised in the Christian belief system may never question the miracles – because we see them as “God in the details” of whatever is happening.
Just for today – let’s consider the Easter story as something that is available to us every day – not just on Easter. Let’s look for and see the every-day-miracles that are happening around us – in nature – in occasions – in each other and in ourselves. When we expect to see the good – expect to see the best in any situation or person, well then it tends to appear before us just as we expect it to.
And yes – it happens the other way, too. It is unfortunate – but we all know people who expect the worst and are never disappointed with it turning out to be anything good. Let’s choose today to be looking for and seeing the Renewal in the world around us. Let’s choose to look for and see the expectancy and joy in the faces of every child. Let’s choose to see Easter burst forth every day as a new day begins with promises of good things to come.
We can feel our hearts expand to take in all the love that is shining through the whole day’s experiences and we will go to bed with that joyous message holding an easy smile on our lips.