The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 20, 2014

Wishing a joyous and happy Easter

The News Courier

— Happy Easter.

It’s perhaps the most holy of the Christian holidays because of what it means.

The day marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion and, in effect, brings hope to Christians.

“The resurrection is new birth and new life,” said Dr. Tony Moyers, the Religious Studies Department chairman at Athens State University. “Having a new start in Christ.”

Christ’s apostles believed their world had crumbled around them when Jesus was crucified. But days later, after realizing that Jesus had risen from the dead, they rejoiced and celebrated.

And it’s fitting Easter is celebrated in the spring, which is a season of rebirth for humans, flora and fauna.

We come out of the cold, gray doldrums of winter — particularly this long, bitter winter — longing for the warmth of spring.

The flora is reborn, shedding brown coats for vibrant green and colorful blooms.

Spring is also the season of birth for many animals while others awaken from their weeks- and months-long hibernation.

Celebrate today for its true meaning. When things seem bleak, think of joy and happiness for the prospects of what awaits us.