I love Soda water. Club soda. Sparkling water. Whatever it’s called! And I always feel smug when I’m drinking it, knowing that I get all the bite of an ice cold coke with none of the “needing to walk for half an hour to net zero calories”. …but eating half a bag of mini-eggs ain’t doing me any favours, especially being in social isolation, being mostly stuck at home!
Fun facts about Bunnies! They can get pregnant 24 hours after giving birth. They can have up to 8 offspring a litter.. and they can birth a litter a month. That means, in one year, an especially fertile bunny could have 96 offspring… although, i think that would be a pretty extreme case.
For a long time, people believed that bunnies were hermaphrodites, and didn’t need to have sex to reproduce! But they do. One theory i was reading says that this is how bunnies came to be associated with Easter… you know, because Jesus’ mom was a virgin, and bunnies didn’t need to lose their virginity to have offspring? …a weird connection.
I think it’s probably more likely that bunnies and eggs were connected to spring fertility feasts/festivals that Easter assimilated… But I also read somewhere that they were symbols of passover, or that the German Christians somehow have their own way of associating bunnies with Easter…? The internet’s FULL of ideas!
In any case, my puppy is WAY cuter than any of the creepy Easter bunnies currently circulating the internet, and I move that we start selling chocolate dogs instead of chocolate bunnies. That is all.
Anyway, today is Good Friday. If you aren’t a Christian, or maybe even if you are, you may think that it is strange that today is called “Good Friday” due to the fact that this is the day Christian’s remember Jesus’ brutal execution. How can execution be good? A quick google search shows that there are almost as many theories available as to why today is called “Good” as there are theories about why bunnies have anything to do with Easter.
Today, I remember that Jesus was killed. I ponder why Jesus was killed. It isn’t easy, or fun, or enjoyable… But it’s important. and it’s good to do. Shortest sermon ever.
The last time I actually participated in lent was probably four years ago. I gave up coffee and all of its derivatives. It was my first time doing lent, and I didn’t know it was only forty days before Easter, so I actually started my coffee fast at the beginning of January that year. It was an epic lent fast, probably about three times longer then it was “supposed’ to be. Keep in mind, I love coffee, a lot, and that first cup of coffee on Easter Sunday tasted like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. It was a great experience, the whole lent fast, it definitely gave me more time to reflect and prioritize and put God first.
I remember when I was a kid, there was one year i didn’t have much money to give a present to one of my parents for their birthday (because I had just spent it all on myself), and I remember thinking to myself “It’s OK! It’s the thought that counts, right?” See, I had heard the expression before, and I figured that I might be able to exploit it for my own advantage… and so I drew them a crappy picture and sure enough, the “thought that counts” “magical sucky-gift forgiving words” were uttered, and I thought to myself, “SWEET. I can save my money for MEEEE and give sucky gifts forever!” It was a loop-hole. I was going to exploit it for all it was worth!
The thought behind my gift giving was selfish, not loving.
This isn’t the heart that parents desire, so why would God desire it?