Today we pause to remember

Published 12:37 am Sunday, April 20, 2014

Each year, this day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Most Americans, in some form of denomination, count themselves as Christians, which makes this day the most important holy day because of the miracle upon which our faith is based.

Of the many principles our nation was founded on, religious freedom for all serves as one of the core foundations.

Religious beliefs provide us the basis for our moral paths.

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The message shared in the Gospel of Luke 24:1-9 is one we reprint at this time every year because its meaning remains just as powerful more than 2,000 years later.

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared.

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body.

“While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened, and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them,‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise.’

“And they remembered his words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the 11 and all the rest.”

Today, we encourage all to take time and reflect on his or her own faith and how it can provide direction.

Easter is a time when we pause to remember the lessons of Jesus Christ, a man who taught that we are all brothers and sisters and we should have love in our hearts for all.

Regardless of the divisions among various denominations, the lessons of Christ are relevant to us all.

We should all use today and what it represents as the establishment of how we can live by these lessons to the betterment of ourselves and our world.