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When it comes to Easter eggs, my preference is artificial and hollow.
With grandchildren visiting last week, coloring a few hard-boiled eggs seemed like a good idea. It’s actually quite involved: the dye, the dipping tools, a wax pencil to create patterns, vinegar mixed in the solution with some colors, no vinegar in others and about a thousand warnings to keep shirt sleeves rolled up and out of the colors.
The process went rather reasonably. Only two eggs were cracked in the process and little sister decided to share an egg with big brother so both would have an equal number. That was a sweet moment.
But hiding real eggs involves another concern. A forgotten plastic egg always can be rescued days and weeks later as good as new. A forgotten real egg begins to smell like a natural gas leak after a few days. Plastic eggs don’t stink unless you hide them inside a space heater.
Of course, real eggs can be peeled for a nice snack after the egg hunt. As good as egg whites are, they pale in comparison to Tootsie Rolls, Jolly Ranchers or Starbursts concealed inside a plastic egg.
So in my evaluation, the reusable plastic egg is a more practical holiday offering.
But when it comes to other aspects of Easter, my preference is real and spiritual.
No substitutes please. No plastic Easter. No hopping down the bunny trail.
Easter is about tears. Tears of sadness at the sacrificial death of a great man followed by tears of joy following confirmation that great man lives on.
It is the central event in history. The crucifixion and resurrection affirm Jesus’ claims to the throne of David, his fulfillment of God’s promises and an eternal hope for the world.
No bunny rabbit, even a solid chocolate one, is worthy of our praise and adoration. No spring celebration can compare to the extraordinary events of that first Easter. No basket of goodies compares to the gift of God’s son.
In today’s culture, many American Christians act embarrassed or apologetic about their faith. Admittedly, it can be a difficult subject to broach.
People disagree sharply on matters of faith and practice. The passion expressed about varied opinions can cause us to focus only on differences and cloud our ability to celebrate similarities. Maybe we’re all a little too hard boiled.
This Easter Sunday offers a new opportunity to be real as the world observes an extraordinary event which affirmed the familiar message of John 3:16 that “God so loved the world.”
There’s nothing artificial or hollow about that.
Ben Sheroan is editor of The News-Enterprise. He can be reached at (270) 505-1764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.