Occurring at the beginning of spring, Easter is the time to celebrate the renewal of nature as all those green leaves begin to grow on the trees after winter. The bunny is also a symbol of Easter that children love with that basket filled with goodies. There are also Easter egg hunts with the most famous one taking place at the White House ever year as an American holiday tradition. While all of these emblems have their own special place in Easter festivities, the most important symbol for Christians is the cross.
Christians believe that Jesus was crucified to save humanity from sin, so they will have a spot in heaven. Like in the spring when the flowers and the grass begin to grow once again, Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
Even after Easter ends, the cross is the image that inspires Christians throughout their lives, especially during times of trial and tribulation. Christians believe that it you are going through a hard time in your life, then you are symbolically carrying a cross. Individuals who suffer from devastating diseases may find comfort in knowing that faith will give them strength and courage. In fact, there are even famous writings such as, “Footprints.” This is inspiring poem about a person walking on a beach telling us how Jesus helps us during problematic times.
There are songs that express the love that Christians have for Jesus. The country song, “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” beautifully sung by Carrie Underwood is the story of a young mother who loses control of her car after it hits a patch of black ice. She calls for Jesus help and finds that she is unharmed and her baby is sleeping safely in the rear seat. When she decides to let Jesus take control of her life, she discovers a new outlook like as if she was born again.
Like Christian music and Christian literature, crosses on the churches of our towns and cities give Christians a renewed hope. Sometimes we may even find crosses where we least expect to see them. At Riverbank Park in Kearny, New Jersey, there is a Lithuanian Wayside Cross that was erected by the Knights of Lithuania on October 20, 1996. It is a tall ornate cross with the figure of Jesus in the center. There are more than one million Lithuanians living in the United States. The majority of Lithuanians are Catholic. The second largest group of Lithuanian Christians are Evangelical Lutherans. There are a few Lithuanians who are Jewish. Sadly, most of the Jews in Lithuania were killed during the Holocaust. Lithuanian Holocaust survivors came to live in the United States and Israel.
If you have time after Easter service, you should visit Riverbank Park with your family and gaze at the magnificent Lithuanian Wayside Cross, you will not only have a spiritual experience but a cultural one as well.