As we celebrate one of Christendom's most sacred holidays today, it only seems fitting to depart from my secular commentary to wish everyone of all religions, faiths and persuasions a most joyous Easter Sunday regardless of whether or not you share the popular Christian belief in the actual events of that day some 2,000 years ago. To me it is all about love, forgiveness, renewal, hope, grace and salvation as ordained by God or other higher being, which seems to be a central tenant of all religions, to bring about a more abundant life for us all. In the early 1950's Bishop Fulton J. Sheen began his famous "Life is Worth Living" television series in which I can still remember him quoting the famous John 10:10 passage - "I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly".
But in our contemporary world, perhaps the best expression of the true meaning of Easter was made by President Obama in his brief weekly address yesterday which I invite you to both read and watch at wcbstv.com/national/Obama.easter.message.2.1609494.html . Surely, we can all agree with the essence of his message relating to the common purpose of the "family of man" to aspire for a more meaningful life. In addition we here in Little Rock can carry that Easter spirit of renewal a step further by enjoying and sharing with our family and friends the rebirth of nature blooming all around us during one of the most beautiful times of the year, as seen in the budding azaleas, redbuds, dogwoods, forsythias, jonquils and tulips. In short, simply pause and take stock of our many blessings and what is truly important in our lives, in my view.