Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it is such a special time of year. Spring in the Northern Hemisphere brings new life from Nature. At a time in our world, where there seems to be such anger and fighting for who is right and making other cultures or religions wrong, I choose a different path.
I choose to see the gift of life.
In the last few months I have witnessed the loss of two amazing young men. Both amazing athletes in the best shape of their lives. Taken too soon by totally unexpected and unimaginable medical tragedies. The loss of young life reminds me how precious, and how short each of our lives are.
Easter for me, is to remember each day as a new gift.
On the physical plane, Easter offers chocolate and eggs and egg hunts and baskets full of candy. What a beautiful metaphor for the sweetness of life and birth of new ideas, new ways of caring and overflowing good we can be in the world.
Speaking of doing good in the world. Let me share the Easter story that will be my prayer for today.
If you know anything about baseball, you probably know the name Rod Carew. He is now 71 years old and a Hall of Fame baseball player. An 18- time All-Star and 1977 American League most valuable player. Rod Carew was gifted the heart of one of those young men who recently died tragically. That young man was 29 year old Konrad Reuland. A tight end in the NFL. It was the heart of a young man who did so much good in the world in his short life. My thoughts today go to Konrad’s family and the gift of his life that keeps making a difference.
May this be the sweetest Easter ever! Count your friends, your eggs and your blessings.