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Easter LilyWe were saddened to learn about Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels this week. Two bombs exploded at the Brussels Airport at 8 am, local time, on Tuesday morning. About an hour later, another explosion followed in Central Brussels at the Maelbeek Subway Station. Approximately 30 people were killed and more than 230 others were wounded in the attacks.

In today’s world, with all of the negative election campaigns, all-too-regular shooting and other heartbreaking stories we hear every night on the 5’oclock news, it is easy to feel a little pessimistic about the way that our world turns. Fortunately, we have a holiday coming up that should give us some positivity back.

This Sunday, we will likely be surrounded by dozens of Easter Lilies, symbolizing hope and peace. In Christian traditions, the beautiful lily signifies rebirth and rebeginning. It has been said that these lovely white flowers sprang up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept in the last hours before being betrayed.

The Easter Season is a time for all of us to put our negative thoughts aside and look forward to a hopeful, new world. Last Easter, the leaders of Christian Churches in Jerusalem spoke the following words, which we feel still hold true:

“There are indeed signs of darkness around us, which make this a painful time to live through, but the darkest part of the night is often shortly before the dawn. The joyful proclamation of the Resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday assures us that the last word lies not with violence and inhumanity but with God’s purpose of love, justice and hope which runs like a thread throughout history and will find its ultimate fulfillment in the coming fullness of his Kingdom.”

Remember; do not fall into despair for a brighter future lies ahead. From all of us at Lions Pride, have a blessed Easter Sunday.