This past week I was in my office and the sun was out, the robins were all over the yard, I was listening to Joachim Raff’s, “Ode to Spring” and it struck me I have never been more ready for “spring” than this year. After the long COVID winter (which figuratively lasted for a year) and then our own version of “snowmageddon” a few weeks ago… SPRING, I WANT YOU! I was thinking of new words to, “I Need A Little Christmas Right This Very Minute” specifically for spring… “Oh I need a little springtime right this very minute…”
I so see why our ancient forebearers worshipped this time of year with festivals of fertility and rebirth. After a long winter giving thanks for the passing of the barren season and celebrating life, they used all kinds of symbols to give tangible context for what was taking place around them. Those symbols are still with us every spring: rabbits and eggs. Nearly as long as northern European pagans celebrated the time that light and darkness were brought back into balance, rabbits/hares and eggs have been symbols of fertility and life. So ingrained in culture they were even co-opted into my favorite spring celebration… the ultimate celebration of life… Easter.
Jesus, whose birth Christians celebrate at Christmas, was killed for healing people, calling for justice and proclaiming that God’s good news had come to fruition through him. After his death by crucifixion, he was placed in a tomb. Once the stone of the tomb was rolled into place, I can almost picture the enemies of Jesus dusting off their hands as if to be done of him. They thought they had won; sealing the tomb and sealing his doom. They all expected that with his death, people would totally forget about this Jewish carpenter that had caused them such headaches. But they were sorely mistaken. The Bible tells us three days later, Jesus conquered the grave. His sacrifice and resurrection not only reconciles us with God, but reminds us all that the worst thing in life is never the last thing. Jesus, the Lord of life, has the final word… LIFE.
Not to split hares, whether you are a Christian or not, I hope you are as egg-cited as I am about spring’s arrival and that you have a hopping good time celebrating the gift of life we have. All kidding aside, with the vaccination rates continuing to rise and the number of COVID cases continuing to decline (while we all still need to be smart about face masks and hygiene), it is a great time for us to be able to come together and celebrate!
So, hop to it (sorry I couldn’t resist).