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It'S springtime 1 All around us we sense that wonderful something peculiar
to spring, the feeling that the whole world is bursting with new life. Trees
and other plants that ha v 9 appeared dead all winter, are showing signs of the
full bloom of life that will come later in the season. Many animals that have
spent the winter in the death-like sleep of hibernation are awakening. Birds and
insects are again flying about. The world is indeed bursting with the promise of
new life* and- with this pew life comes new hi>pe.
It is this feeling of renewed life and hope that is the true spirit of
Easter?- On the First Easter, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thereby giving
men the promise of life after death, just as spring gives to nature the promise
of' life aftfer the death of winter.
Many people today do not experience this spirit of Easter, this wonderful
feeling of new. life and hope. To them the figure of the Risen Chrl st is over--
shadowed by the figure of a gift-giving rabbit. By them the beauty of reawakened
nature Is overlooked ’£9? the artificial beapty of a now "]Bastpr These
people are hurrying toward nowhere with their senses closed to the voices of
nature shouting. "It ’ s Spring, ’’ and their hearts even more tightly closed to the
vbfpe" of Cod shouting, «i^fs 'faster,
Let’s not be one of this'rushing crowd. Let’s stop and let this wonderful
Easter spirit creep over us, Let’s take time to realize that it it springtime
anp it is Easter,
Easter>s here; He is risen,
Praises being sung,
Christ lives; He is risen,
Church bells be*ng rung.
Choirs singing; He is risen.
In a harmonious way,
Churches filied; people listen
To celebrate this day.
The Pennsylvania State Ui
By Shirley Ray
S H |
Easter bonnetsj He is risen,
Blues and pinks and whites,
Bunnies, baskets, eggs aglisten
Flowers blooming; He is risen,
Colors br+ght with hue,
Families visitj hearts glisten,
Easter's here anew.