Whether or not you will celebrate Easter religiously this coming Sunday, there is definitely some powerful symbolism in the holiday that everybody can benefit from. These 12 thought-provoking Easter quotes hit the nail on the head in regards to this concept, and I have to say, whether you're Christian or not, there is some serious wisdom in the allegory of the entire holiday.
If you aren't exactly sure what Easter celebrates, let me quickly clarify. Christians believe that the biblical figure of Jesus Christ rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion, thus paying for the world's imperfections through his own shed blood. That's the gist of it, anyway. So Easter Sunday represents the day of Jesus' rising, and subsequently, a day of renewal, hope, and joy for mankind.
That being said, I'm pretty sure that we could all use a lot more experiences of renewal, moments of hope, and feelings of joy in our lives on a regular basis. This year, take a moment between dyeing eggs and buying chocolates to find a few minutes of self-awareness in your day. No matter how chaotic or busy your day is, these quotes can help you find that time... I promise.
1. "Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life." — Janine di Giovanni
2. "Easter may seem boring to children, and it is blessedly unencumbered by the silly fun that plagues Christmas. Yet it contains the one thing needful for every human life: the good news of Resurrection." — Frederica Mathewes-Green
3. "There would be no Christmas if there was no Easter." — Gordon B. Hinckley
4. "We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining — they just shine." — Dwight L. Moody
5. "A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures." — James E. Faust
6. "The symbolic language of the crucifixion is the death of the old paradigm; resurrection is a leap into a whole new way of thinking." — Deepak Chopra
7. "God had brought me to my knees and made me acknowledge my own nothingness, and out of that knowledge I had been reborn. I was no longer the centre of my life and therefore I could see God in everything." — Bede Griffiths
8. "Easter is very important to me, it's a second chance." — Reba McEntire
9. "Easter tells us of something children can't understand, because it addresses things they don't yet have to know: the weariness of life, the pain, the profound loneliness and hovering fear of meaninglessness." — Frederica Mathewes-Green
10. "Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." — Pope John Paul II
11. "Even if you're not Christian, just from being in our culture you know Jesus and resurrection and redemption." — Trey Parker
12. "Easter is not limited to the passion and death of Christ; it also includes the dismal tragedy of life unlived by the many, and all the loss of passion and truth that goes with it." — Michael Leunig