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Happy Easter! Remember Your Lessons…

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Folks, every year I try to write something around Easter. I believe in forgiveness and love, and I especially want to believe in hope…and Jesus’s resurrection after three days of being dead ticks all three boxes.

How, you may ask?

First, if Jesus hadn’t forgiven those who killed him — nailed him to the cross and let him starve in agony and pain — he’d not have risen. (Or, for my Pagan friends who are more NeoPagan than myself, we’d not have this particular legend/belief system. I think Jesus lived and came to help us figure out how to love one another. But I digress.)

Second, if Jesus hadn’t loved his friends, family, and by extension everyone else, he’d never have let himself be nailed to that cross at all. He could’ve easily avoided that fate from everything we know in the Bible. He chose to do this, and he also chose to raise up after three days, to let his loved ones (friends, family, and again by extension everyone else) know that his soul was alive, well, and at peace.

Third, the three women at Jesus’s gravesite (or cave, if you will), were there out of love for Jesus. They had no idea that he’d rise from the grave. They had absolutely no expectation of that at all. But they were there to honor their friend and loved one, and to pay witness to his life.

Jesus rising from the dead, being resurrected, told them that what they did was the right thing. (They didn’t need to know that, perhaps, but it was still nice to know.) And it gave them hope that no matter what happened in our lives, we could still be redeemed.

There’s more to the hope than that, of course. The three women had hoped Jesus, on the Other Side (however they thought of the afterlife), would not forget them. They also had assuredly hoped that Jesus would be out of pain.

Their hopes — all three of them — were rewarded.

And there’s a lesson in that, which goes like this: sometimes, no matter how bad things look, you have to keep hope alive. You have to believe that what you’re doing matters. And you have to also believe that caring, love, honor, etc., are all worthwhile in and of themselves.

“But Barb,” you protest. “Easter is about much more than that!”

So it is. But this is the best way I have to explain how I think of it.

I am more NeoPagan than not, in case you haven’t figured that out. But I still honor Jesus, because he and his example were necessary for this world. We needed to be led out of darkness. And he is among several others in various faiths and belief systems who has helped over time to give us as a species the belief that we can become kinder, wiser, gentler, and more observant in our faith/belief system.

So, this Easter season, do your best to be kind. Even if you feel those around you don’t deserve it. And if you’re able, forgive your trespassers/debtors, too…because releasing the anger you have at them will free up more positive energy for you to do something with, if nothing else. (Hey, self-centeredness works as a reason if nothing else does. But eventually, I hope you can come to see everyone as a person — no matter what they’ve done — and worthy of redemption and care.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

April 4, 2021 at 6:28 pm

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  1. Chuckle Chuckle

    It seems that some on “your side” need to hear this.

    They can’t get the OrangeMan out of their minds. 😉

    Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    April 4, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    • I don’t blame you for saying that, Paul. Especially considering some of the media fixation.

      I know it’s rare for ex-Presidents to be sued as much as Trump has been. But it has happened before. (You’d never know that, though, by how the media behaves.)

      Anyway, we all need to learn how to forgive. And often, the one we need to forgive most is the hardest one to learn how to forgive…if we can do it, though, and release the anger, we’re going to be much better off.

      Barb Caffrey

      April 4, 2021 at 10:58 pm

  2. Good post Barb.
    By choice I became Catholic Christian but that’s the way I see things.
    It seems to be God’s message was delivered to folk in varying ways. But it always comes down to Compassion, Respect and Tolerance and if you are not trying to follow those (and being human it is not easy, we are flawed) then you just don’t ‘get it’.
    Best wishes


    April 6, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    • Thanks, Roger. 🙂

      I just saw your comment today, and wanted to make sure you knew I’d seen it. (Why I didn’t see it before is another question entirely, but it’s one I can’t answer.)

      Barb Caffrey

      April 25, 2021 at 7:30 am

      • Thanks Barb.
        I have that sort of problem. I’m not wholly convinced that WP sometimes forgets to post up replies!🤔
        Hope you are doing well.


        April 26, 2021 at 2:29 am

      • I’m hanging in there. Lots of work. 🙂 I guess that’s a blessing.

        I hope to do some more writing this week, though. Somehow, I have to shoehorn that in. 😉

        How about you?

        Barb Caffrey

        April 26, 2021 at 2:47 am

      • That sounds good Barb👍 Best wishes on all your endeavours. Shoehorning can be quite the challenge at times; those days when even 300 words is a great achievement.🙂
        Me. I’m on my Francis Ford Coppala / Kulbrick trip. On the latest re-write of my Fantasy Trilogy (The Precipice Dominions); seeking out typos, syntax & continuity ‘bumps’, tweaking here, tweaking there. There’s that kind of freedom available with self-published Kindle.
        I put out the 4th edition of Vol 1 ‘Of Patchwork Warriors’ in March and am wrapping up the final edition of Vol 2 ‘Our Skirmishers of Lace, Steel and Fire’ , then it’s onto the last one ‘Daughters of Circumstances. Arbiters of Consequences.’. The whole thing totals up 620,000+ words and I have few illusions about it being anything close to a success (publishing wise that is)…but oh my…the joy of writing it and those ‘Yesssss!’ interludes. When it comes to writing I can’t ask for anymore.


        April 26, 2021 at 3:03 am

      • Good for you, Roger! 🙂

        Barb Caffrey

        April 26, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      • Thanks Barb😃


        April 27, 2021 at 3:11 am

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