I love walking in Kennett Square!
This week, as I was walking one of my favorite routes into the center of town, I came across a child's sidewalk art. There were lots of pictures of animals and people and some words. On the side, however, was the following statement:
"Why do we need eggs at Easter when we have Jesus to take care of us?"
I stopped to read the phrase. Thought, 'how cute', and proceeded to walk into town.
The more I walked, the more my thinking changed from 'how cute' to 'how profound'. It's true, on Saturday night we will dig up our buried Alleluia's and celebrate Jesus' resurrection. We'll spend all of Sunday morning going to services, brunch, and egg hunts. Like all holidays, our families all have their traditions: special meals, chocolate bunnies, chicks. If you're like me, I am very loathe to give any of them up. They are fun. My children love them. It's a family bonding experience.
But then, I find myself coming back to what the child said so rightly in chalk on the sidewalk: we have Jesus to take care of us. How does Jesus take care of us? He calls us to take care of each other. It's the gathering at church, with our families, with our neighbors, and with anyone who crosses our path that is really the point of his sacrifice.
So, as we are all gathering this weekend at any of the services and activities that honor Jesus' resurrection, remember that we are together, serving one another, in Jesus' name. And Amen to that!
I am so grateful that I happened to see that simple question on the sidewalk. I'm sorry I didn't meet the thoughtful child who wrote it. It made me remember what this weekend is really about and why I go to church.
Happy Easter to all!
Yours in Christ,
Karen Rodgers, Vestry person