Easter for me used to be mostly about bunnies, baskets, eggs and candy, but this year Easter is different. The timing is special and the focus has changed. See my nephew, Beck, passed away 1 year ago this Easter weekend. He died from complications from pneumonia.
After experiencing death so close and unexpected, eggs, candy, bunnies and baskets take a back seat to what is most important. And what is most important about Easter is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
So this year we will be doing the ‘fun’ Easter activities on Saturday. I emailed the Easter bunny and asked if he would come visit us on Saturday. We figured he wouldn’t mind lightening his Sunday load anyway. We will also do our Easter egg hunt and egg coloring on Saturday. I have heard about other families doing this before, but I just thought they were weird. Well, I guess I’m ready to be weird.
Easter Sunday will be less busy; and I am looking forward to time to reflect and relax with less fluff and fanfare. The day will be about remembering and celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We will get dressed in our Sunday best and go to church; my little sister is actually speaking so I know we will hear about Christ. After church we will have a nice Easter brunch with family. Later, we will visit Beck’s grave and we will talk about Beck and how, because Jesus Christ was resurrected, Beck will be resurrected too. When you have lost someone you love, nothing, is more important than knowing that we will live again. And that’s what Easter is really about.