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On Easter, all around us, a fresh day dawns

Carrol Vertrees

Carrol Vertrees

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Updated: May 1, 2013 2:03PM



Wearing earmuffs with a spring bonnet would look funny, but in some areas, that might be wise.

No matter — it’s how warm we are inside on this special day that counts — deep in our beings, feeling the touch of something special.

I read some stuff about why Easter is not on the same day every year but I got confused. It does not matter.

What does matter is the message in the Easter choir anthem: the rejuvenating announcement that “Morning Has Come.”

Indeed it has. After deep sorrow and darkness it is light again, a new morning, a promise fulfilled. I am lifted every time I sing those words.

That is what we traditionalists believe, what we feel, and we are comforted.

The spring flowers are impatient, a bit wary in this chilly beginning of the new season, but we can count on them to arrive when they feel comfortable. That is a promise they always keep, assuring us that some unseen hand is behind it all.

As kids we hunted for Easter eggs. It was fun, and it is still that way for children — we adults remember that tradition, and we rejoice in seeing it continue, because it is a celebration of its own.

And so it is with the many Easter parades, the new clothes, events of joy.

Like a restless volcano, these signs of a new beginning explode all around us.

We men leave the colorful clothes to the women — most of us look a bit drab, even in new suits. And many of us older folks who may feel a new spring in our steps don’t have much spring left, but our steps do feel lighter, even if we cannot walk unaided. We feel the spring in our hearts, a kind of tonic for the soul. That is part of Easter’s healing prescription.

Easter, like Christmas, has been commercialized — we are conditioned to buy new things. That is the other side of the Easter season, the message that we need new things because this is a special new season, a new beginning.

We do not have to allow this to detract from the theological meaning of Easter. Something new may help lift our spirits as we think about and marvel at the deeper meaning of this season. What counts, of course, is how deeply we feel this rejuvenation.

All over the land, thousands of folks who rarely attend church will worship on this day, and there is a message in that, I believe. They see how special Easter is. We traditionalists should not wonder why they come now — we should be glad they do. We all are part of this new season, no matter how we handle the theology.

Even we who profess to understand the deeper meaning of this season cannot fully comprehend it all. The best we can do is to feel the warming rays of spring, even a late spring, and rejoice that there is always light after darkness. Solace, even joy, after sorrow.

Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, wonderful lifting music, the promise of sunshine and flowers. A new day. A new season.

I will marvel at it and feel touched as we sing of the message that can lift us all.

It is these words: “Morning Has Come.”



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