Articles by Stan Dean

Memories of Easter

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As everyone knows, tomorrow is that special day of the year we know as “Easter.” It is interesting that the mere mention of certain words can conjure up so many vivid images in our minds. Consider words like: “Christmas” or “Birthday” or “Fourth of July.” The word “Easter” is one of those memory evoking words, too.

Two thoughts especially come to my mind about Easter: egg hunts and new clothes. As far back as my memory will take me I remember dyeing those eggs and those Sunday afternoon hunts to see who would find the most. We never had the plastic variety that abounds today. After all, you cannot eat those and they just don’t bring the same result when you throw them at someone like the real thing!

Reading this some might wonder, “Why do you not have memories of Easter that have religious significance? After all, most of Christendom celebrates it as the time of Jesus’ resurrection. Many make a special effort to be at services, etc. Such reasoning would lead some to conclude that I must not have enjoyed much of a religious upbringing. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.

You see the reason we never celebrated Easter as a religious holiday is not because of our disrespect, but rather because of a great respect for the Bible. Since it never authorized such, we never practiced it. Did I ever celebrate the resurrection of Christ? Absolutely! And still do every first day of the week in partaking of the Lord’s Supper as the Bible does instruct us to do (I Corinthians 11:23f).

I was blessed to be brought up in a home where Christianity was number one year round. So to conjure special religious memories in my mind, all you have to say is “Sunday” or “Wednesday night.” Not that those were the only times we practiced Christianity, but those are the times throughout my whole life that have been uniquely devoted to God- - and I am truly thankful!

My prayer for all from this day forward is that whether it is “Easter Sunday” or any first day of the week we will be reminded of a special appointment to assemble with Christians to worship- - and commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (cf. Matthew 6:33; Hebrews 10:25).

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