Easter is a Time for Celebration
For Christians, of course, Easter is the central holiday of the year, commemorating what is proclaimed as the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
For those more secularly inclined, Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate Spring, and new birth and renewal.
For children, Easter may bring Easter-egg hunts with friends, baby chickens, and more candy consumption than ought to be condoned.
For all of us, the season can be a time to celebrate hope and renewal. It also a great time to make and share stories and photos with friends and family on your private family website; we, of course, are partial to the Families Connect application as a great way to do so. This year, make a new family Easter tradition by being considerate of your neighbors.
Easter also is a Time to Tread Carefully
In no way wishing to vitiate the joy and celebration of Easter, but rather to add to the joy, this also is a good time to remember to take care with the Easter message.
We are in a time of increasing tribalism and division. We have a national debate underway about barring visitors from certain nations to the U.S. and about building a wall to exclude our next door neighbor.
In addition to celebrating the Easter message of growth and renewal, this also is a good time to remember another central biblical message: “For the Lord your God…loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Easter is a good time for all of us to be mindful as faith claims are made. We all are at times strangers in a foreign land, we are all at times “aliens in the land of Egypt.”
A New Family Easter Tradition
Take a few moments with the family to think about what the Easter message means for your family. Certainly for Christians, it is a time for proclaiming resurrection. But for all of us it is also time to think about how that message is heard in an increasingly divided world. And to proceed with love for the stranger.
Rick Bryant is the founder of Families Connect, LLC. He is also a husband, father of three adult children, and a grandfather to two. Before Families Connect, Rick founded and built an investment advisory business; co-founded a served as a partner in a private equity investment business; worked in investment banking; and practiced securities and corporate law. Rick reads widely; enjoys hunting and fishing; and has great ambitions for bees and his vegetable garden.