Amazing what happens when the “systems” grab hold of things… like our traditions... little by little they morph into something other than where they began… Resurrection Day becoming all about an Easter Bunny, colored egg hunts and lots and lots of candy…. just as Christmas is no longer a celebration of His birth but a time of gift giving, Santa Claus and some reindeer…
“The Easter Bunny is a popular legendary anthropomorphic (giving human form and attributes to non human forms) Easter gift giving character analogous to Santa Claus in American Culture.”
“The custom of the Easter egg originated in the early Christian community of Mesopotamia, who stained eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ, shed at His crucifixion. As such, for Christians, the Easter egg is a symbol of the empty tomb”
Since it is no longer Philip’s job to straighten out the rest of humanity, I need to remain just a drop of salt in a world where this way of celebrating is completely different from my own understanding. My only responsibility is to love others who believe differently from Philip.
I am personally no longer a “keeper of days”… every day is Resurrection Day in my life… every day I celebrate His resurrection… I also celebrate His birth every day... I don’t wait till December 25th… the day itself no longer matters.
“One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.”
I am no longer the judge… jury… or executioner… hopefully becoming more and more a lover with each passing day that I celebrate His Resurrection.