Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

This week I’ve been buy­ing a lot more eggs than usual: eggs for Easter as­sem­blies in schools, eggs to paint on Easter Sun­day and a wide range of choco­late eggs to give to the younger mem­bers of my fam­ily.

One of the old­est tra­di­tions is to ex­change painted eggs around Easter and dec­o­rate houses with them, of­ten painted red as a re­minder of the blood Christ shed on the cross. How­ever, now this tra­di­tion has been over­whelm­ingly re­placed by choco­late.

In the UK around 80mil­lion choco­late eggs are sold each year so, al­though the tra­di­tion has changed, it is very much still alive and well.

Eggs rep­re­sent new life and the chick that breaks out of the shell into liv­ing.

At times, like the chick, we can be caught within our own shells: shells of anger, shells of in­tol­er­ance, shells of greed, shells of pride.

Our shells might form walls that sep­a­rate us from our fam­ily and friend and they are of­ten put up over in­signif­i­cant is­sues but it is only when we break out of our shells that we truly ex­pe­ri­ence life.

As you see or eat eggs this Easter take some time to re­flect on how you might break down some of the shell around you as life is too short for walls and lim­its. Eggs also pro­vide a beau­ti­ful sym­bol of the good news cel­e­brated at Easter. Just as the chick hatches out into life so Je­sus rose from the grave into res­ur­rected life.

It was through his lov­ingkind­ness that we were born again to a new life and have a hope that never dies. This hope is ours be­cause Je­sus was raised from the dead.

Easter Sun­day: the happy day when death does not need to be feared, life can be cel­e­brated and hope can be grasped. Zoe Ra­m­age Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Chris­tian Reachout Trust

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