We took our daughter to the Bass Pro shop for an egg hunt last weekend (finding candy eggs in fishing line tackle = way cool) and after the hunt there were crafts to make, tables to visit, and an Easter bunny to see. Well, Partycake wasn’t sure if she wanted her picture taken with the bunny. So, we got a glance from a distance at first. She stared him down for a few moments and then asked, “is he going to open his eyes?”
This bunny had no pupils! The black outer part of the eye was there and then a white inner part…but no pupil. He looked completely soulless. Partycake made it quite clear that she had no desire to sit upon his fluffy knees. Freaky fuzzball.
Of course, Easter commercialism is a little freaky and more than a little soulless. Why is it that some companies (Hershey, I’m looking at you) find it quaint to market chocolate crosses? Chocolate bunnies, I have no qualms with, but don’t ask me to eat a chocolate replication of the very foundation of my faith. The cross is where my Savior defeated death and abolished my debt.
We may not push the Easter bunny at our house, but Partycake does get a filled Easter basket, we dye eggs, and had little fluffy toy chicks hanging out around the house (until the cat hid them/ate them..) We do focus this season on making sure that she knows why we have Easter and why we celebrate it in the spring. Namely, new life. Our theme has been, Jesus makes all things new. He does. I am new. I am not the same person I was ten years ago. I am not the same person I was yesterday. Continually, He makes me new.
Bunnies, chicks, eggs, and other natural themes may have roots in pagan rituals, but I don’t think it necessary to condemn their presence. Afterall, God created all these natural things. They are His beautiful design and Christ was right there from the very beginning. We just have to give them the right meaning. A new meaning.
I hope you have an awesome Easter filled with beautiful weather and a filled tummy. I hope, despite the commercialistic, soullessness of some marketing strategy’s, enjoy chocolate and jellybeans. We have to find joy in Easter, in a risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
(Ain’t no joy greater than that.)