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Letter: Easter is always a time of spring colors, rebirth, life and love
Easter 2017
Cooper and Layla Brown take time to count their eggs after the 2017 Easter egg hunt at the Midtown Greenway in Gainesville. - photo by Katie Tiller

A chill that is sometimes referred to as an Easter cold snap often follows the first few days of spring. The Easter cold snap has been known to spread a soft blanket of snow on the ground.

Easter Sunday is a meaningful day. Some may think of Easter as a long weekend from work or a holiday, but to me, Easter Sunday is a holy day, at its fullest.

When I was a little girl, I looked forward to Easter and couldn’t wait for it to get here. I liked the bunny rabbit with the white cottontail. I never quite knew where he had laid the Easter eggs. If I was lucky, though, I would catch sight of a rabbit as he hopped through the garden.

Easter eggs are pretty in beautiful spring colors. It was fun and exciting to boil and color eggs and even more exciting to hunt for the eggs for a prize. I can tell you that the more eggs are hunted and partly squashed, the better they taste.

Easter represents life.

During Easter, people dress in their first spring clothes, most of which are new, for Easter Sunday. Feeling refreshed, many people attend church, maybe for the first time since last Easter.

I always got to wear my new green, yellow and lavender dress which my mother had made for me on Easter. I liked to hear the sand on the dirt road squash under my new white tee-strap sandals or black patent-leather slippers. It was a happy time. For me, Easter was a time to appreciate life.

After the crucifixion of Jesus, women who had followed him from Galilee rested on the Sabbath. Early in the morning on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb where Jesus was laid. Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Mary told the apostles the stone had been rolled away. 

The third day, he arose from the dead. About the sixth hour of the crucifixion, there was darkness all over the earth and the sun was darkened until the ninth hour.

Just as Jesus ate with his disciples at the last supper, the Easter service is usually in remembrance of the passover supper. The bread represents the broken body of jesus. The wine represents His blood. He gave his life so that we might live.

Sunrise Services are often held at the top of a hill or mountain at the break of dawn as the sun begins to rise. Peter denied knowing Jesus. Jesus told Peter that he would deny him thrice more before the cock crowed. The cock still crows at daybreak.

Easter is a time we should not forget the meaning of the word love. 

Mildred R. Allison


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