Happy Easter!

If John were here, he would mark the holiday today including the exclamation point in the heading. This is what he wrote last year, still timely:

Happy Easter…to our Christian friends and readers.

Last week in Sunday School, a boy asked why the Easter Bunny delivers eggs since rabbits don’t lay eggs, and anyway, what do eggs and rabbits have to do with Easter? So I explained about Easter, springtime, the new life of the Resurrection and the new life symbolized by eggs and baby rabbits. I have to hand it to the kid, though, it was a pretty smart question.

With Christians under attack in many areas around the world, and even (although not yet physically) here at home, Easter has a special poignancy this year. Twenty or thirty years ago, I never would have imagined that in our time, so many Christians would die for their faith. If it keeps happening, maybe someday the churches themselves will notice.

I took this picture in my church this morning, just before the service started: