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For those of the Christian faith, last Sunday was Palm Sunday. this Sunday is Easter.
Palm Sunday is the day that Christians around the world celebrate the triumphant arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. He supposedly rode in on a donkey, fulfilling an ancient prophesy. He was greeted by a large crowd who threw palms on the road in front of him, which was befitting of a king. He was looked upon by his followers, of which there were many, as the king who would save the world.
Fearing his demise as ruler, Pontius Pilot had him arrested after Jesus was denied and given up by one of Jesus’s own disciples. Although this appeared to be a sad day for the Christians, it was what was predicted and was later, on Easter Sunday, proved to be what Christians believe was his resurrection.
Jesus spoke out against the practices of the Romans of the day and taught that God was a loving and forgiving God, not a vengeful God as earlier thought. Jesus was, in fact, eventually crucified out of fear and for his political beliefs.
I, being a Christian myself, like to think of Palm Sunday and Easter, as a rebirth of my belief in God and in man. To me, these special days mark the true beginning of Spring, warmth and a better way of life. We sometimes get so hung up in the daily routine that we forget to stop and “smell the roses,” so to speak.
I, too, believe that we should forgive our enemies, practice love and respect of our parents. I believe that if we do go astray, we can return to a better way of living life. I truly believe that we all make mistakes, but we should not hold onto those transgressions or the transgressions of others. I will look out my window today at the palms in my backyard blowing in the breeze and think of the day that Jesus was greeted by many followers who believed in what he taught and wanted nothing but peace in their lives.
Like Jesus, I believe that peace comes from within, that we should not only forgive those who have done us wrong, but also ourselves for when we did wrong. On Sunday, I will feel a peace within that should last me for a long period of time. Life is so short, in a relative way, that we should enjoy each and every day and forget about what happened the day before that wasn’t so pleasant.
My ex-husband never understood how, after an argument the day before, I could wake up the next day with a smile on my face. I would tell him that what happened yesterday belonged to yesterday. When the sun comes up, a new day begins and what happened before belongs to before. Forgiveness is a valuable tool. I truly believe that when we continue to hold on to past hurts or transgressions, we give up control to those who transgressed against us. I for one do not want to be controlled by someone who cannot forgive.
Today, look to the sky, the palms, the birds, the flowers that grow and the world around you and thank your God, whoever he may be, for another beautiful day and the opportunity to change your life for the better. We are not all given a good life, no one promised us that, but we are given the chance to look at it differently. Take a step back today and see what you can do to make your life better for you and those around you. “To err is human; to forgive is divine” some wise person once said.
As you can tell I practice the Christian faith. I have the upmost respect for those that worship a different deity. This column is not meant to imply that other faiths are incorrect in their beliefs. I am proud to live in America where freedom of religion is a right, and something to be encouraged. My hope for today is that you’ll share in the personal benefits that Palm Sunday and Easter bring to me and take them to heart — whatever your faith happens to be.
Thought for the day: Palms are one symbol of eternal life as they do not shed their leaves and are always green. Palms, as they say, are “fit for a king.” May green be your color of your world today and in days to come.
Georgi Davis, a transplant from Ohio and a retired teacher, is enjoying her second life in Homosassa. Contact her at email@example.com.