What Is Easter?

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What Is Easter?

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"What is Easter?" Some may ask
in this world today
They haven't had the benefit
of parents that do pray

This new generation
brought up just to think
Easter is for colored eggs
and bunnies that are pink

Picnics in the park with friends
watching children play
Parades in every city
floats are on display

Spring break is a focus
many often have
Some will plan vacation
visit mom and dad

All these things within themselves
are fun and bring us pleasure
Just remember Christ's own death
for this is the real treasure

Christ was featured on display
he had his own parade
From bleeding wounds came colors red
that all the soldiers made

He didn't ride on flowered floats
he walked alone instead
carrying his wooden cross
as his body bled

He could hear the ridicule
the screaming out of scorn
They said "yes, here comes the king"
a crown of thorns was worn

They nailed him to that cross that day
on a hill for all to see
They pierced his side and spat on him
took all his dignity

He could have called on angels
to save him from this pain
But instead he suffered
for the world's own gain

Christ did know this day would come
the purpose of his birth
It didn't make the suffering less
but he knew its worth

Christ did die..God's own son
on Golgotha hill
On the third day after that
he arose yet still

His precious blood he shed for us
now cleanses every soul
All our sin is washed away
made clean and pure as gold

He lives! He lives!
As we will one day too
Death of flesh was not his end
it's the same for me and you!

Marlys~
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Just had to comment on this one Marlys!!! This is just a fantastic write and is absolutely brilliant!!! AWESOME!!!
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Thank you as always Jeff! Seriously though...I have to admit that I can even get caught up in all the fun and family Easter egg hunts..what fun!
But all too often we forget to teach our little ones the excitement of the REAL story...I will post anotther one soon that I use to teach my little ones...
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Nothing wrong at all with all the fun of the Easter bunny for the little ones!!! We can still have all the extra fun things to go right along with the real message and joy of Easter!!! Loved the poem!!!
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For Those That Want To Know

Easter traditions...

Easter is apparently named after the pagan goddess Eostre (Latin: Oestre), an Anglo-Saxon maiden-goddess of fertility. Many of our names for things come from pagan gods and goddess names..ie. The days of the week are named for them..

Easter falls in the Spring, right around the Vernal Equinox, and is a most amazing season. Plants come alive again from the winter season, when they seemed to be dead.
Primitive cultures found this to be a very sacred and holy thing, and have honored it in many ways down through recorded history. It has been symbolized by the rebirth of a dead deity. This concept is at least 30, 000 to 50, 000 years old, and perhaps older.

Lambs were sacrificed in the Temple at Jerusalem, and from this sacrifice comes the symbol of Jesus as the "Lamb of God," The final and perfect sacrifice.

The "Easter Lily" has been used as a symbol of Christ's death, as it dies away only to be reborn,

Pope Gregory the Great (590-604 CE) forbade eggs during Lent, and they therefore became a great delicacy after Lent at Easter.

Families would color boiled eggs, red to symbolize Christ's blood. They would celebrate the ending of the Lenton season by having these eggs at their Easter meal.

A story goes that a German family had done just that. The mother had placed the eggs in a basket and set them out on the back porch for the children to discover. She told them to look for a surprise there. As they went to look, they saw a bunny hopping away from the basket. They shrieked with glee and told their mother that a bunny had left the eggs for them...thus the Easter Bunny and the colored eggs hidden for children to find!

It isn't important what traditions you and your family have adopted..it is only important to celebrate what Christ has done for us all....What a better time than spring could you do this...even as nature awakes to a renewal of life!

Marlys~
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These are great, you should post them in the lounge too!!!
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I've never gne there that I can remember..but I will...
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Dear Marlys.....I love your poem and your traditions. You are so right that we should teach our children the true meaning of Easter. But I, too, enjoy the fun that goes along with the day. I'm sure God doesn't mind that we celebrate our salvation by having a little fun. Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem.

Love you bunches,

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Thank you Beverly...I love to decorate in bunnies and colored eggs!
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A wonderful message just in time for Easter. It's an e-card:

http://www.nethugs.com/whatiseaster.shtml

Thank you so much for sharing Marlys and thank you Jeff for showing me this one.
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A most beautimous ecard Miss Marlys!!! Skipadoda did a wonderful job on this one!!! I love the little doves flying away!!! Awesome!!!
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Dear Marlys....CONGRATULATIONS on your E-card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Skip.....You did a sensational job on Marlys E-card. It is so very beautiful.

Blessings to both of you.

Love you bunches,

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(((Skip))) I am so happy!!!!! :D :D :D :D This was one of my own favorites!!!
I am proud to have this one! :oops: you did a beautiful job on it..what better thaan doves being released! 8) It gives me goose bumps! :D
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Thank you Beverly...I am so proud of this one! :D
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Glad you all liked it. :) A very Happy Easter to all of you!
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