Tuesday, May 29, 2012
To be forthright:
1) Our family dyes Easter eggs, hides Easter eggs, eats chocolate Easter eggs, and yearly puts out beautifully painted wooden eggs (in Norwegian Rosemaling) .
2) At Christmas, Santa comes and brings candy and presents. We do get a Christmas tree. We even say "Happy Holidays" on occasion.
For all those doubting my salvation, C.S. Lewis comes to my rescue in Reflections on the Psalms. Lewis observes that a devout young boy can appropriately place the resurrection of Jesus and eggs together in celebrating Easter. Admittedly, a time will come when the boy will have to place emphasis on the eggs or Jesus. Lewis writes, "If he puts the spiritual first he can still taste something of Easter in the chocolate eggs; if he puts the eggs first they will soon be no more than any other sweetmeat (British for candy)."
Mirth should and can be added to most religious holidays, but at the end of the day we must let the holy day fuel the mirth rather than the mirth fuel the holiday. Otherwise we worship the mirth rather than the Person that brings forth the mirth. At that point we have became pagan revelers rather than pious worshipers.
I pray that your future Holy Days (holidays) would be filled with mirth because they are based on the Savior who came as a baby and died as a criminal to save the world from their sins.