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What can I write about on Easter Sunday?

by Bob Stealey

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I searched the Web, checked my e-mail subjects and looked for some period of time to find something appropriate to use on this very special day -- the holiest day of the Christian year. I am sure there are many, many resources that include Easter-related items I could have used.

Already, I have promised a local woman who is a long-time resident of Clarksburg that I would use her lines of verse in Bob'n'Along sometime during the Easter season. I will get to that a bit later in the column.

Today, I could have used something about what date Easter Sunday will fall on in near-future years. But you could surely look that up.

Or I could have written something on where Easter derived its name. But you could either do a Web search or, again, look it up yourself.

Maybe I could have written today about chocolate Easter eggs or marshmallow bunnies or chicks. But that would make me hungry, and I shouldn't be eating that kind of thing anyway.

Certainly there are plenty of Easter egg hunts being held throughout the area, state and country that I could have used as my subject. I don't care for the taste of regular eggs, so I turned that subject over easy.

Maybe I could have delved into how the Easter Bunny manages to carry around all those baskets of candy with him. But who cares, as long as he gets the job done, right?

Then again, pondering why purple is the Easter color might have filled my column. Hmm! I think that's already been done.

What is the connection between hot cross buns and anise bread to Easter? (There I go again, thinking about filling my tummy again!)

Florists sell a lot of Easter lilies at this time of year. That seems only reasonable, doesn't it?

Who is it that first used colored Easter eggs? I'm sure that information is available if you search long enough.

What is hallow-fare, and why must it last through Easter Sunday. I must look that one up myself.

Have you ever associated pancake races with Easter? I must admit, that's a new one on me. The whole thing leaves me flat.

Say, what does Easter Island in the South Pacific have to do with the holiday? Find the answer under the Dutch Admiral Roggeveen.

Any of the above things I could have explored, but I didn't take the time to do so. Then I suppose I am back to "square one" in finding material for today's Bob'n'Along, right? Maybe so! But I don't have much room left, especially if I'm going to keep my promise to include my friend's poem.

Let's see ... first comes Good Friday. That's observed to mark the day of Jesus Christ's Crucifixion on Calvary. Spikes were driven through His hands and feet and into a large wooden Cross, where He took His final breath as His mother, Mary, and followers looked on tearfully.

Wow, I think I've finally got it -- the answer to my search. I just turned to the Gospel of Matthew, 28:1-6, where it says:

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

"His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

Hmm! Well, it's not chocolate bunnies or colored eggs. But I guess it's still appropriate on Easter Sunday.

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As promised, here is the poem, written by Betty Jo Nulter of 1716 Pearlman Ave., North View:

How to fill your life with love?

Just look at the stars in the sky above;

And watch the birds in their flight,

Then say a little prayer at night.

How to fill your life with love?

Look at the moon that lights our way,

And the wonderful sun, that gives us day.

Oh, the wonderful miracles the Lord can do.

Just beautiful things for me and you.

How to fill your life with love?

Just pray to the Lord in Heaven above.

Thank you, Lord, for everything,

And all the joy that You bring.

I could write on and on, for days and days,

Giving You deserving praise!

Amen!

Thanks, Betty Jo, and a very happy Easter to one and all!

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