Several years ago we decided to try our hand at raising rabbits. We bought 2 and were assured that both were females. They were named Daisy and Dandelion. Then one morning, I discovered a bundle of fluff in their pen. It was obvious that we did not have 2 females. Daisy was a female; however Dandelion became Dan D. Lion.
Cute bunnies are a part of what we consider Easter, as are Easter baskets, egg hunts, family dinners and new outfits. Most of us will smile when we see the children wearing their cute new clothes and having fun hunting eggs, or talking about the Easter bunny. Those are sweet sights. Springtime is a time of renewal. The ground wakes up from the seemingly endless winter, and brings the hopes and promises of new life. Chicks are in some stores now and garden centers are offering plants and seeds too. Grocery stores are offering sales on all of the goods needed for us to provide the perfect Easter feast. There will be lots of candy today. We all have a favorite, and it is on sale now.
Those commercial promises are everywhere it seems. What about the sweetest treat of all? This undeserved treat was freely given to us and no amount of money can purchase this gift. There is no commercial gift that can begin to compare, or satisfy our hearts like the true meaning of Easter will. This precious gift is available to anyone that chooses to accept it, and the promises of the Easter gift are greater than any promise offered by springtime. This is the treat that lasts forever.
Realizing that this day will offer its share of difficulties for me, I choose to remember the real reason that this day is observed. My Daddy will be on my mind today. He will have a different kind of Easter today. I can only imagine what it will be like. Hope remains with us, and Easter reminds us of the Greatest Gift given to us, a Savior.
Springtime promises have arrived again. There will be no baby bunnies here, Daisy is retired, and enjoys a life free from the duties of motherhood. Daisy reminds me that winter does not last, spring will surely follow. It will bring hopes for new life and a bountiful harvest. My heart will lean heavily on the promises of the Easter Gift today.