The Herald Bulletin

April 18, 2014

Verna Davis: Seeking the grown-up version of an Easter basket


The Herald Bulletin

---- — It's that time of year again. Time for soft furry stuffed rabbits, marshmallow chicks, chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, little treats hidden in plastic eggs, jelly beans, dyeing eggs with dissolving food color pellets, and that always fun Easter egg hunt in the backyard. All of those treasures find their gathering place in a plastic grass filled basket with a big bow on top.

I'm still enough of a kid to like Easter baskets. I like to fill them and I like to receive them. (Hint, hint, honey!) But this year, I think I want a different kind of Easter basket. A grown-up Easter basket.

I want my Easter basket to be full of sweet things. "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts, therefore I hate every wrong path," (Psalm 119:103-104). I want my voice, lifted in praise to my Risen Savior, to be a sweet, sweet sound in His ear.

I want my Easter basket to be full of good things, like friendship with God. "Those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard....They will be mine, says the Lord Almighty, in the day when I make up my treasured possession. You will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not." (Malachi 3:16-18).

I want my Easter basket to be full of encouragement. "For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 15:4-6).

I want my Easter basket to be full of hope. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." (1 Peter 1:3).

I want my Easter basket to be full of scriptures I can devour throughout the year. "All Scripture is God-breathed and I useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16).

I want my Easter basket to tell the story of Jesus, who left Heaven, was born of a virgin, became flesh, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf, taught that grace was better than the law, took our sins to the cross and died in our place, rose after three days in the grave, walked and talked and slept and ate before He rose up in the clouds to reclaim His place in heaven.

He is risen; He is risen indeed.

What do you want in your grown-up Easter basket this year?

Verna Davis, author and speaker, lives in Frankton. She can be reached at Vrspeaks@yahoo.com.