Post details: Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Happy Easter...

03/23/08

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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: Happy Easter...

First off, I want to wish everyone a "Happy Easter" and remind folks that, although I do understand the significance of the celebration, as an heathen admitted agnostic, I don't celebrate the same ways as many others might... but I do respect the season and still acknowledge it and it's importance... and wish you all the best of the day. The reason for this caveat is because, although I know I won't be alone in doing this, my blessing has really nothing to do with this most holy of days to the Christian readers of this blog... well, not really...

I was raised in a mildly agnostic household... I've explained this before, but my parents encouraged me to ask questions and learn about religion and spirituality even as a young child, but never truly forced any religion down my throat.

Because of this, Easter was really, and don't be too mad at me, a time of bunnies, coloured eggs, and chocolate... and not a whole lot else... for a fairly long time.

...but then I finally asked... what WAS Easter all about?

When I was told about the resurrection, I gotta be totally honest... I had my doubts... no, that's not quite it... I had complete and total doubt. I didn't "deny" the concept, but boy it was kinda hard to swallow.

Then, top this off with why this celebration had anything to do with rabbits, eggs, and baskets.... and I think you can imagine how I was more than a little confused as a kid.

That said, through my learnings, I did find out how important and significant the day was in the Christian calendar... and truly did respect the reverence my friends who were Christian had for the occasion... and yes, was happy to celebrate with them in the understanding of what and why there was a celebration.

To be honest, whether you believe in something or not, one hopes we all have the courtesy and manners to respect those who do have faith in things we may not... and perhaps, like me, if you do understand the reason for a belief, you can appreciate it moreso than simply going through the motions.

Respect + Education = Understanding

What got me into this today was thinking about how I enjoyed things more because of understanding them... like being in a non-religious family and learning about Easter... and then enjoying Easter traditions (especially Easter dinner!) with friends and family... it somehow made it more special to know what the importance of the day was beyond baskets and chocolate... even if I wouldn't qualify in most people's books as a good, church-going Christian.

My blessing is the understanding and respect of belief and faith... and how much more enlightened and happy we are when we do have these blessings.

I won't bother re-hashing why this day is so important in the Christian calendar (if you're not aware of it,) as I already know from my "surfing" that there are better resources in the holiday and it's festivities than I could ever be...

...but what I can tell you is that no matter what faith you are, what belief system you have in place, no matter where and who you are... for a lot of people in this world, there's a celebration going on today... and who doesn't like a celebration?

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Comment from: Paulie [Visitor] Email · http://postcardsfrompaulie.blogspot.com/
Well, then, Happy Spring to you!

BTW, I think the bunnies and chicks became a part of Easter because they represent new life also in the spring. Because I accept Jesus as my Savior, I too, have "new life" in Jesus.
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Comment from: SandyCarlson [Visitor] Email · http://slchome.blogspot.com
Thanks for stopping by Bus Man. I enjoyed this post. I share your views. I bet you'd enjoy "The Last Week" by Marcus Borg and Dennis Crossan. They take a look at the thing from a point of view that is both intelligent and wise. Not a common combo, I find. It would be up to your intellectual standards.

Have a wonderful day!
PermalinkPermalink 03/23/08 @ 13:15
Comment from: MsDemmie [Visitor] Email · http://msdemmie.wordpress.com/
Happy Chocolate Bunny Day :)

Happy BYB Sunday ..... enjoyed that post very much.
PermalinkPermalink 03/23/08 @ 18:34
Comment from: CyberCelt [Visitor] Email · http://advertising-for-success.blogspot.com
I love being a member of the BYB bloggers. I learn so much each week.

Happy March 23.
PermalinkPermalink 03/23/08 @ 21:11
Comment from: mama kelly [Visitor] · http://2witchesblog.wordpress.com
Happy Spring to you. May each day bring you more blessings.
PermalinkPermalink 03/23/08 @ 21:18
Comment from: NeoBluePanther [Visitor] Email · http://lifeamongotherthings.blogspot.com
Though we don't really celebrate Easter in my part of the world either, yet it is always great to join the world in celebrating a Holiday.

And, as CyberCelt said, joining BYBS has been very informative too!
PermalinkPermalink 03/24/08 @ 04:54
Comment from: admin [Member] Email · http://www.doubledeckerbuses.org/
Hey Paulie... I'd agree that this is the reason for eggs and bunnies... and I do celebrate Easter and have learned something I probably didn't communicate very well... and that is, "Doubt" is fine... but to assume something "isn't real" out of hand is foolhardy.

Hello SandyCarlson... I will have a look into the book!

Hi MsDemmie... Many thanks!

Hiya CyberCelt... From me??? Egads!

Howdy mama kelly... Thank you and I hope your days are blessed as well.

Hi There NeoBluePanther... Agreed... and yes, to know someone is enjoying something somewhere makes the world a little more pleasant!
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