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My preperation for Easter

Posted: April 17, 2014 2:25 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Easter is a holiday of two extremes. On one side is a covert celebration of springtime with cute bunnies and pretty dresses and Easter egg hunts and chicks and flowers and lambs. On the other is a lamb being slaughtered on Passover. There is a bloodstained cross on which a Jewish man is dying who proclaimed that he was the Son of God, and that he had to be killed so that God’s wrath against my sins could be carried out not against me but against him.

I am horrified by Easter but thankful and in awe at the same time.

I’ve always felt that way from since I had the ability to grasp the first understandings of what would become my faith.

I remember being a little girl, sitting in my grandma’s den watching a movie about Jesus’ crucifixion with tears running down my cheeks. No one made me watch it, I just wanted to. Sometimes on the way to grandma’s house for Easter I would grab a Bible and read about Jesus’ trial and his path to the cross. I would try to imagine Jesus during his arrest and trial. I would try to see him as he struggled up the hill to be crucified. For some strange reason I wanted to be there, I wanted to be an observer in the shadows during that time.

And then there is the resurrection. I always felt and feel deep joy in my heart when I get to the resurrection part. The cruelness and ugliness of the cross is gone.

I do appreciate and enjoy the sweet things of Easter, the eggs and bunnies, ect... but I don’t want to forget the harder parts of the holiday because without it, the sweeter part would not be possible.

(Tenell Felder is the West Wateree Chronicle Editor. Responses can be emailed to tfelder@chronicle-independent.com)

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