(hand written) April 1984

(typed) NEW BEGINNINGS

And very early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus and Salome, went to the tomb of Jesus when the sun had risen, and looking up they saw that the stone was rolled back. And entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. And he said unto them, “Do not be amazed: you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is not here, for He is risen. See the place where He was laid.”

This is the eternal story and reminder of the Easter season. He that you thought to be dead has risen! Thus we celebrate Easter as a time of new beginnings. The fabled Phoenix bird, filled with fresh youth and vigor, springs anew from the ashes of its dead past. The seed which has lain dormant and seemingly dead in its frozen pod through the dark, icy months of winter, now bursts forth from the prison of its confining shell and, filled with new life, begins its journey upward through the dark soil, toward the light and warmth that comes from above. This is the lesson of Easter which all of us should take to our own hearts and consciousness, on this, and every Easter season.

Let us put behind us the ashes of disappointment and failure that cling to our feet and slow our stride. Let us burst the shell of fear and apprehension that keeps us imprisoned in the dark and cold of apathy and indecision. Let us dedicate ourselves anew to that upward journey that leads to the wonderful light and warmth that comes from above.

Jesus said, “Through Me are all things made new. No man can take my life, but I give it that I may take it again.” The great lesson of Easter is that no man is ever beyond God’s reach. The opportunity for rebirth, for new life and vigor are always there no matter how far we may think we have strayed from Him, a single cry to Him can reestablish communication, and a single sincere prayer can miraculously bring new life and hope. The fact, however, that we can be born again, that we can renew our lives and reestablish contact with God at any time, is no excuse for losing contact in the first place. The God within us is constantly available for consultation and advice whenever we may choose to seek it. To some persons, God is a remote and unattainable being in some far away Heaven, beyond the reach of mortals. Only the direst of distress and extremity will cause such persons to seek God’s aid, and then with but little faith that it will be forthcoming. God should be our constant companion and partner as we go through life. A consultant for every problem, a reliable guide for every step of the way.

While the Easter season is valuable in reminding us of the cycle of rebirth and regeneration, while the new Easter bonnets and gowns that appear among us, and the Easter lillies which grace our homes and our churches are all symbols of that regeneration, they do not mean that we must wait until Easter of each year to make use of the principle. It is available to us all, at all times and in every place and condition in which we may find ourselves.

(signed) Daniel W. Fry

You’ve just read Dr. Fry’s Easter feelings ——– here are mine.

As all holidays pass quickly, and new years bound into the future, the season of spring is awakening life and beauty around us. Dark crusty soil turns to rich life giving earth as it breaks apart making room for tiny blades of grass and fields of richly colored flowers.

The outward manifestation of life grows and develops new things. Creatures of the earth regenerate making a precious abundance of newness. Mother Nature makes way for her babies and fresh scents of greens and yellows. And air blows into fields, homes and hearts.

We celebrate a day we call Easter. The meaning of Easter as it is known to us is the association of the resurrection of Christ in the season of spring. Returning to His divine Father on that day, Christ gave mankind a staircase to heaven.

Eternal life for all creatures begins after the cold dead of winter. From the reaches of heaven and beyond our presence of mind the elements of nature begin – in the season of spring!

For us, Easter takes the time to teach us the meaning of our lives, and the depth with which we should view our fellow man. Life is more precious to us than any other single possession.

Happiness surrounded with love and kindness, are Easter additives.  With the rich meaning of this special time, joy in funny little things like tiny bunnies and brightly colored Easter eggs delight the eye. The unit of the family seems closer together and a new year becomes stronger as it grows older, both in wisdom and maturity.

Let this Easter take the time to touch the hearts of one another and see the kindness in each of us, rather than what one possesses in the material aspect, and celebrate the simplicity of being together.

May you be blessed with all that makes you happiest.

(signed) Cleona Q. Fry

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