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March 31, 2013

Have a peaceful, happy Easter

It’s only fitting that Easter comes in the spring time. It’s a day that brings a resurgence of life for the Christian faith that comes when the world seems to be coming back to life.

While Mother Nature won’t seem to let go of winter this year, the signs of spring are all around us, slowly forcing her hand. Despite the covering of snow, we’ve heard the chirping of birds and felt the sun on our cheeks. It’s time for spring.

And today, Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Today’s the culmination of a story that started in a stable. But Easter is not an ending — it’s a beginning.

It’s the beginning of a story of hope. Of redemption. Of new life.

In today’s world, those are all things we could use more of.

Some will celebrate today with other faithful and break bread in remembrance of their Savior’s sacrifice.

Some will partake in the hunt for colorful eggs. Families will gather to watch the excitement in little eyes over fake grass and hidden chocolate treasures stuffed into a basket.

Statistics show that in today’s society, there are fewer people who will celebrate the true origins of Easter: the greatest sacrifice man has ever known.

And in these trying times — with poverty and violence at home and overseas — it’s even harder for some to keep the faith.

And for others, the circumstances of the world make them cling even tighter to their faith. But now more than ever, a message of charity and love is what we need. Now is the time to show mercy toward the least among us.

So this Easter, regardless of how you celebrate — whether with bread and wine or baskets and eggs — enjoy the day away from work and spend it on the important things in life.

Have a peaceful and happy Easter.

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