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Resurrection surrounds you if you just look

It is Holy Week, the time of year when Christians celebrate the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ. Spring begins on March 20, the vernal equinox. Easter has long been observed on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring. That is why the date of the Easter observance varies from year to year. That is the tradition of the dating of Easter but there is evidence of resurrection all around you if you will just look for it. Cool season grasses and plants are surging. The life force within them propels that growth and the subsequent seeding that will ensure the next generation of plants or feed humans or animals. Winter wheat, oats, rye and other crops are ripening and the grain will soon be abundant. If you planted rye grass in your yard, it now requires weekly mowing, particularly with all the rain we have had. It is trying to propagate itself as God intended. The sun and the soils are warming, the days are lengthening and plants have longer exposure to sunlight. This triggers the seed propagation in winter plants and the urges of those who farm or garden to get to work. For generations, many southerners have planted the first spring/ summer crops in their gardens on Good Friday. It is something that has been passed down from father to son and mother to daughter for generations on end. It is worth noting, however, that some on the bayous of Louisiana feel planting on Good Friday is a sin. Regardless if you plant on Good Friday, before or after, the time is now for squash and tomatoes etc. If you close your eyes, you can taste that juicy first tomato sandwich of the year. Seeds placed in the ground now will germinate, pop through the soil and flourish with a modicum of care. Plants started earlier will put on new growth rapidly once transplanted outdoors. It is about the promise of new life. In his crucifixion, death and resurrection, Jesus guaranteed new life for us as well. Reflect on His sacrifice this Easter season and get busy in that garden. Walter Geiger is editor and publisher of The Herald Gazette and Pike County Journal Reporter.

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