by Chaplain Jay McCleod
Greetings, and Blessings, my Fellow BVA Veterans. Can you believe it is already time for another season to change? Spring is in the air! So that means Easter and Passover are upon us again. Please remember the true meaning of the holidays. So many get caught up in chocolate candy, Easter egg hunts and family get-togethers. We get new spring clothes and do spring cleaning. It’s time for the kids, grandkids and family fun. Spring vacations, camping with lots of fishing, boating and time going forward.
In all that you do, remember to be SAFE! As always, please remember we move towards the things we think about, and become the thoughts we manifest into our daily realities. For many veterans, the Easter holiday and Spring season is not an easy time to get through. Please encourage one another and every veteran that you see, greet and meet. Kind words and actions go a long way. This is a good time to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others. I love to encourage family and friends to use some of their spring vacation to volunteer somewhere with a charity. Just get out and do nice things for people. Cleaning a house for the elderly or making a meal to give to a family less fortunate. Spring is a time for renewal of the spirit and mind.
This is a good time for working off those winter pounds we gained during the winter months. Stop and think about what it is that spring means to you. I enjoy the sounds of brand new baby animals and smells in the air from fresh flowers. The aromas of chicken, ribs, burger and hot dogs on the grills, of back yard BBQ’s.
For many of us, the coming of spring reminds us of the true meaning of why some call this the Holy time of year; this is when Easter comes upon us. Now what does that mean? Well here is the true definition of Easter. Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.
There are many ways that this wonderful life and giving event is celebrated. However, in many homes some have no idea of the true meaning of Easter. The stores go overboard with the sale of candy, Easter baskets, eggs, food, clothes and more. Many of us go to a worship service somewhere and bring in Easter in prayer with family and friends. This time of the year is a time when many reflect on life changes in their spiritual lives and many get married. This is considered a happy time of year, brought about by so much change and newness as well as spiritual enlightenment. This is a good thing!
I challenge you all to look in your lives and see where in it you have a need for change for the better. See where you have the time to be there for someone else. Take inventory of your happiness, spiritual lives and the time you spend with the ones who mean the most to you. Reinvent yourselves and move towards becoming all that you want to be in life. So many times, we get complacent in who we are that we do not look at who we can further become. No matter the physical limitations we all share; we can always find some way and time to make a difference. I urge you to encourage others. Please speakto our youth. Share your life experiences and become positive role models for them.