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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week ends action on the House floor for 10 days as we break for Easter and Passover. I will spend part of my break visiting family and renewing my relationship with my 10-month-old grandson, Cash Terrill Erickson.
More importantly, I hope the Resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. And, I hope the same for you.
I grew up in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, the second oldest of a large family for whom chickens were more popular than Easter eggs. We lived on a hobby farm and raised chickens so watching eggs hatch to begin our new flock was really important to our family and its livelihood.
Once those little fluffy chicks were hatched, we placed them under a heat-lamp to ensure their survival. It was really a satisfying experience because new life had begun, much like the blessing of Easter.
Here's a little verse that I think of when I recall my childhood.
Easter duck and Easter chick,
Easter eggs with chocolate thick.
Easter hats for one and all,
Easter bunny makes a call!
Happy Easter always brings
Such a lot of pleasant things!
Moreover, attending church services and entertaining family were essential (I always sewed a new Easter dress and wore a hat to worship).
Attending worship has not changed for me, partly because I have been the organist for my church for nearly 40 years, so I spend all the Holy days beginning with Maundy Thursday steeped in my music ministry. It is a glorious time to share the music of the three days, moving from sad and doleful hymns to joyous songs on Easter Sunday.
With that said, I hope that each of us will forgive someone during these Holy Days, tell others we love them and "let our lights shine."
That should apply during Passover as well, as my Jewish friends remember the exodus from Egypt to freedom because Passover affirms the great truth that liberty is the inalienable right of every human being.
Passover also has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel's - nay, God's protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.
Thus, whether you celebrate Easter, Passover or the arrival of spring, "The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." ~Henry Knox Sherrill
Blessings to you and yours,
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