This is an important holiday for me because I am a Christian. I was raised Catholic and spent many "Good Fridays" and Easter Sundays going to church. As a kid, I just liked looking for the Easter baskets and hidden eggs. After church, we would spend the day mostly outside having a family picnic. I knew the importance of the day, but I was a kid and just wanted the candy. As I got older, I started to read the Bible and realized the great significance of Jesus' sacrifice for our Salvation. I think these THREE days are probably the most important days, as I reflect on my faith and my relationship with Jesus.
When I was 18, I really took to heart what Jesus had done for use; I had decided to make my own sacrifice for him and I became a vegetarian. I know that is not all that I need to do; it is living a life that is "Christlike." Oh boy that is a difficult task because I know each day I blow it! One of the quotes I remember the most and try to take to heart is Jesus' last commandment to his Disciples: "Love one another as I have loved you." We certainly need more of that in today's society where there seems to be so much hate, violence and judgement. How simple, "Love one another as I have loved you." Jesus didn't judge - he loved, he listened, he understood and he forgave. Whether you are a Christian or not, if we can take this simple concept and apply it in our daily life, the world would be a better place.
Have a blessed Easter!