I love Easter. I love that it hasn't (at least yet) been co-opted by the marketing department as
Christmas has been, and that as such, it is still easy to find the deeper meaning of the season.
Nothing against Christmas. Without it, we wouldn't have an Easter to celebrate. For me,
Christmas was the promise and Easter was the promise fulfilled.
Sometimes, though, I wonder if I miss out on the 21st century meaning of Easter. Maybe it is
a struggle for others as well.
Easter for me is about what happened in a garden, on a hill, and in a tomb. But sometimes I
how the choices made by the Savior in each of those sacred settings apply to my everyday
struggles. It is easy to think or to read of the historical Savior and forget that He lives and
is both anxious to sustain, to strengthen, and to succor.
The specific circumstances of our lives are all included in the reach of the atonement. No sorrow,
no pain, no loss, no grief are beyond His understanding. His empathy was made perfect through
His suffering on our behalf. The Savior is thus able to not only understand the things that we
suffer, He is also able to "mentor" us through such hardships, no matter no how long they last.
By way of testimony of these things, I share the following words and video below of what has
become one of my favorite hymns. It is called "O Light of Life." I know that Jesus Christ is our
Savior and Redeemer today. I know that He is ready to assist us through all the heartaches of
Because of His supernal acts of love as expressed in a Garden, on a Hill, and in a Tomb, all that
we experience need not be suffered alone.
O light of life, O pure light divine Thou art in us; our ember is thine Kindle our flame, give hope when we fear Deepen our love, our fire appear. Light of our souls, love's spark at our birth Grow bright in us, shine in all the earth. O light of life, O true light of peace Storms will arise, let thy light increase Pierce through dark clouds, give pause to the proud Let thy shafts fall, lift humble heads bowed. Answer our pleas, melt hearts in thy flame. Make us as one, as one in thy name.
O light of life, O sweet light of grace Thou bids us come, we follow apace See the bright tree, behold the white fruit Feasting we weep, we witness the root O light of life, O dear light of love Come wash us clean, send forth thy white dove Fill us with love, enlighten our eyes Help us to love, 'tis price of the prize Then let us come, enrobe us in white Clinging to thee, light unto thy light