Due to my beliefs, Easter is a significant time on the calendar, as is Christmas. Yet, in society, I have noticed a shift over the years.
At Christmas time, even those who have no definitive Christian beliefs will agree that it is a time for giving, for love and generosity – sentiments that stem from the reason we have Christmas in the first place.
At Easter time, we seem to have thrown out, not only the reason we have it, but the sentiment it carries, too.
The message is one of forgiveness, a time for redemption and grace, yet Easter is seen nowadays, as no more than a four day weekend. We have forgotten the message and it’s importance to us as people, regardless of beliefs.
Forgiveness and grace are essential to our relationships. We have all, I am sure, struggled to forgive at times, and also known the pain of being unforgiven. Grace, when extended to us and grace shown by us to others, has the power to change lives.
Yet, at a time when it is most significant to remember, forgiveness and grace are not mentioned at all.
What will become of a society that has forgotten how to forgive and be forgiven?
What do we look like as people when grace has no part in our lives and we can’t even take one weekend out to think about it, and maybe even act on it?