Easter and hope

Easter is a very special holy day for Christians.

As a little girl, I loved Easter very much because my sister and I would wear new dresses, new shoes, and new hats (bonnets) for church.  We decorated eggs and then the Easter bunny hid them so we could search for them on Easter morning.

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

The very best were the chocolate Easter bunnies.

Chocolate Easter bunnies

Chocolate Easter bunnies

As an adult, Easter means “hope” for me.   That four-letter word is what I’m hanging my hat on for the future — for my granddaughter, for my family, for my friends, and for Palestine and Israel.

Merriam-Webster defines hope: to cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence.
In a world stressed with the challenges of climate change and horrific projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline, hope can seem far-fetched.
In a world plagued with intractable conflicts, such as Israel’s occupation of Palestine, hope can seem downright foolish.
But I can’t imagine life without hope.  That is the human spirit, that makes us different from plants and animals.  We have the power of imagination and creativity to believe in something better and to hope.
Christianity, Judaism and Islam all share that common denominator of hope. Now, if they could just share it together!

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