As a former freelance newspaper reporter (back in the day when you did an interview, composed the story in your head so you dash to the office, type it up, and get it to your editor on-time) I knew well the advice "Don't bury the lead." Translated, it means don't put the most important part of the story at the end because chances are readers won't get to it.
Here is the most important part of my advice in a previous article on the need to explain the meaning of Easter—these short pieces that I hope are thought-provoking bits of free verse to create curiosity about Easter beyond the springtime celebration.
Use however you want in any way that might be useful. I wrote them all, so I can grant you rights to use them. No attribution is needed.
Seven selections follow
How is Easter about the cross and a bunny?
It makes much more sense than you might imagine.
In many cultures, bunnies symbolize life, rebirth, and the tradition of a spring
bunny bringing gifts to children.
The cross, though once a tool for a
tortured death, because of Jesus, has
become the symbol of eternal life,
possible because Jesus rose from the dead.
The Easter bunny tells a story of abundant life, giving,
joyful living, pictures of the reality that Jesus made
possible on the cross.
Join us for our Easter celebration—we’ve got bunnies and candy for the child in all of us, but we’ll also share about the creator of bunnies, and all things joyful and life-giving—Jesus. [Read more...]