Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter - Faith, Love and Garden Renewal

Easter is the celebration every meaning of love.

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“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy; where before there was fear, now there is courage; where before in your life there was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness; where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebirth, a new beginning.”

― John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." is something spoken in political context in time of war. But its wisdom is rooted in the New Testament-  John 15:13.   

Easter is the holiest day in the faith of our family. There is naturalness to The Resurrection being celebrated in the season of garden rebirth. 

 The symbolism of the season cannot be avoided. Even on a quiet year when it is just us and none of the usual holiday decorations made it out of storage.


God provides inescapable symbolism in the everyday. Didn't blow or boil eggs this holiday? Birds nests fill nooks with hatchings. Seeds are planted- progeny reborn.  Speaking of progeny- which of the rabbits is The Easter Bunny? 

No Easter Bunny? Plant nasturtiums. There are seeds and six packs to suit patient and impatient gardeners alike.

In this home, we are Christian celebrants of the Lutheran persuasion. To explain my faith in terms a believer in a different faith can understand...

Which came first: the Chicken or the Egg? I believe that faith is the chicken;  good works the eggs.

It is my personal belief that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate. That He is re-born, his address is now in heaven. I believe in a compassionate God who shares tears with us. I picture Him praying for us AND cheering  as we overcome the inevitable hurdles. When I listen to Him and when I don't- He is the ultimate coach. He earned that right on the cross.

Whatever your faith, dear readers, may your day be blessed.

Images provided by Gene Sasse


  1. That was lovely Lydia. I agree with you and love hearing about other folks beliefs.

    Funny, just this minute the door bell rang. John went to the door because I am still in my robe. Turns out to be a Jehovah's Witness. I am wondering why he isn't in church on this fine Easter Sunday!
    We were there for 3-1/2 hours last night at the Easter Vigil. In the Catholic Church if you attend on Saturday evening you don't need to go the next day. Works for me! :)

    Happy and a blessed Easter to you and Gerry!

    Hugs, Trisha

  2. Good post!
    My spirit comes from my surroundings family and friends. xo

  3. A Very Happy Easter to you and yours, Lydia. Hope your day is a lovely one.

  4. Reading a day late, but not disappointed at all because the 'big day' is passed. Your blog today is good for every day.

    With me, a very much a spiritual holiday and although I'm not Lutheran, but an Evangelical, I so relate to your statements.

    Be blessed!

    Judy in Seal Beach

  5. Thank you EVERY one of every faith tht reads this blog. Special blessings to those who care enough to write in. That little bit of extra effort on your part keeps me revved.


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