Ahh, spring. I notice the flowering Redbuds and Bradford Pear trees. I notice the robins have returned from their migration, the grass is greening and the weeds are sprouting. Bunnies are frolicking and chicks are hatching. Jelly beans are in the candy dish and Easter baskets are in the stores.

I also notice this bunny-hopping time of year has people more cheerful.,It must be the warming of the weather and the new life that abounds around us. All the 'old' from fall and winter has passed, and all has been made new.

I notice many families prepare for spring festivities involving a big bunny that delivers baskets full of trinkets and candy, colorful egg hunts, and a family meal. I think it is a celebration of spring that has this tradition.

I notice his time of year Christians celebrate Easter, and the meaning of being made new. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Easter as: a Christian church festival that celebrates the return of Jesus Christ to life following his death; also, the Sunday in early spring on which this festival is observed.

I notice early spring is a time of renewal; all the abundance of new life around us, brought to us by God. 1Peter 1:24 says “for all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”

The word of the Lord is the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus who gives us the new life in Him. The word in 2Corinthians 5:17 “therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, and the new is here!” He promises us we are new when we come to Christ and believe in Him. I notice the true meaning of Easter; I am a believer.

Easter. It is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was, and is, and is to come. He is the Son of God. Without Christ we would not have Easter: the Christian church festival in early spring.

Notice Spring, the renewal of nature, and life-abundant. Play with the kids, search for colored eggs, eat candy, and be happy in the renewal of the season. And, please, notice the meaning of Easter.

— Linda Yearout

Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist

Hopes Place, Wichita