Posted: March 25, 2016 in Uncategorized
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This will appear in the Bernice Banner, Bernice Louisiana, the week of 3/27/2016.

I love spring and I love Easter.  The little children with Easter baskets filled with Easter eggs or dragging around a stuffed bunny by its ears are priceless.  Easter dresses in pastel colors, bright green grass and flowers erupting from a dormant stem are all part of the holiday.  As beautiful as the holiday period is there is a far more significant aspect to Easter.  For Christians it is a period in time, not just a day, where Jesus died and following two days of sorrow and darkness he was resurrected and among cheers of rejoicing and light reaffirmed that life does go on.  How fitting that Easter falls during the spring period of our calendar.  Just as Easter reinforces our optimism in continued life despite the obstacles placed in front of us as we travel through our journey of life; Spring likewise assures man that re-birth takes place yearly.  An optimist embraces spring, a pessimist does not understand it.  A Christian understand the meaning, an atheist misses much of the beauty and true meaning.

Spring has had a significant place in the daily lives of cultures around the world.  Observing Spring from a natural aspect, the days get noticeably longer.  The first day of spring is also known as the Spring solstice.  Days and nights are the same length and each day gets longer until the first day of summer is reached in June.  New growth “springs” out giving the season its’ name.  One requisite of new birth signified by the blossoming of flora is water and spring is a time of year that usually sees the highest level of rain.  Unfortunately for us living in North Louisiana, mother nature has provided a higher level of moisture this spring than our streams and lakes can handle and we are living the effects of the flooded waterways.

Spring has had a religious significance since before recorded time.  Today this significance is celebrated in countries around the world.  Albania began a national holiday in 2004 to commemorate Spring while Australia holds a carnival of horse racing.  The Jewish Passover is also known as the Spring Holiday while spring was celebrated in ancient Mesopotamia as the cutting of the barley.  Many other countries celebrate this holiday and appears to be a part of life that is rooted in the psyche of the world since primeval times.

The one thing that spring gives all of us is the assurance that life continues.  Today is the first day of the rest of our lives.  Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.

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