Easter is so precious to the world. It’s a time of spring, rebirth, flowers, church traditions, and hope. Jesus gave us that hope when he was born, walked the earth, talked to the children, taught the adults, and died for our sins. He left us a very important commandment, that we love one another as he loved us.
When I write, I try to remember hope and love and faith. I write about flawed people who find love and community with other flawed people. But I believe there is goodness in everyone. I try to look for the good, instead of assuming the bad. Negativity does not bring about change. Looking for the good does that. When we assume we know someone based on what we hear on television or read in the news, we can be assuming too much, or the wrong things. Hate uses up too much energy. Love gives us energy.
I like to watch people. In the mall, in the superstore, walking along my street, on the beach. If you study humans, you’ll see we are all different, but we are all the same. We love, we laugh, we cry, we hurt, we wonder, and we wander. We make mistakes and we have regrets. But love conquers a lot of things, forgives a lot of things, and hold us tightly to the people we meet and the places we travel. Life isn’t always easy but life is a blessing, even on the worst days. It is a blessing because we get to live it–savor it–grow into it–make it ours.
Easter brings hope to life every year, even if you’re not a believer. But know this–however you believe, love is the answer, always. Love gives energy to life.
This is why I write love stories. I like happy endings, because we know real life doesn’t always have happy endings. Death, destruction, despair, desperation, and distance can ruin lives and cause us to forget what love truly means. If you’re not speaking to a relative, love them from a distance with your thoughts and prayers and hope that maybe one day, you can see them again and make peace. Reach out with your heart and your conscience will guide you the rest of the way. Sometimes, when we focus on thinking about a person we haven’t seen or heard from in a while, God can give them a little nudge, and He can give us the courage to face the past and forgive them and ourselves.
This is the joy of Easter. The sun rises in the east … the start of a new dawn, a new day, a new hope. So I want you to know, wherever you are, how ever you believe, whoever you love, whether you are happy or hurting, you are loved. Feel the energy of that love and look toward the sky.