Editorial: Our message of Easter, our hope for mankind
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A partial reprint:

March 31, 2013

Cleveland and Bradley County residents have awakened this morning to a sign of new life and assuredly to a resurrection of the heart, the mind and the spirit.

It is Easter Sunday and certainly we refer to a day that is sacred to those whose spiritual beliefs are founded upon the very fabric of Christianity. Yet, even among Christians the historic accuracy of Easter Sunday — or more appropriately its naming — remains at debate, as it has been for years and as it will for many more.

Some contend today is more about resurrection and not about a physical Easter celebration nor its colorful traditions, and for this reason would be more suitably called Resurrection Day or some like observation.

We will leave this debate in the hands, and in the hearts, of Biblical scholars who are better versed than we in the teachings of the Bible and in the fundamentals, and origins, of Christian beliefs. Whether it is called Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday — another naming which some support — we believe this:

Easter Sunday is about a miracle.

Easter Sunday is about the sanctity of life.

Easter Sunday is about the ultimate sacrifice.

Easter Sunday is about genuine, unconditional and undiluted love.

Easter Sunday is about belief.

Easter Sunday is about the inherent value, and the intrinsic beauty, of each day.

Easter Sunday is about learning from sad lessons of the past and applying them to life as we understand it every day, starting with today and a forever focus on tomorrow.

Easter Sunday is about humanity.

Easter Sunday is about accepting the power of faith.

Easter Sunday is about turning multiple wrongs into a single right.

Easter Sunday is about togetherness.

Easter Sunday is about accepting that which is seemingly inexplicable, while recognizing answers often lie within the heart, the compassion and the moral conscience of that we call human.

Easter Sunday is about inspiration.

Easter Sunday is about the beauty of a sunrise and the glow of its meaning.

Easter Sunday is about salvation, not just for a limited people but for an entire race, the human race.

Easter Sunday is about diversity in worship, prayer en mass and diverse masses whose tolerance grows through prayerful worship.

Easter Sunday is about the good in man, the harm in hate and the willingness to learn from both.

Easter Sunday is about vision and direction, both steered through the clarity of the open eye.

Easter Sunday is about inner strength, internal warmth and unbridled spirit.

Easter Sunday is about life gained, remorse lost and love grown.

Easter Sunday is about all that is good pulled from the depths of all which is bad.

Easter Sunday is about a great man.

Easter Sunday is about a greater promise.

Easter Sunday is about the greatest story ever told.

Like the rose, called by any name Easter Sunday is still the sweet spot of life whose fragrance mankind has been gifted.

Easter Sunday is to many Christians as many Christians are to Easter Sunday.

Each is a knowing mirror reflection of the other.

Each is a reason for the day.