Empty

I am often reminded, at Easter, of the story of a young, physically disabled boy, Jeremy, who accepted the challenge of his Teacher, along with all his classmates, to go outside and find something that signified Easter/Spring/new life and then to place it in a plastic Easter egg she gave to all the students.

Some kids brought a flower; others a caterpillar that would blossom into a butterfly; one even had some moss that signified growth. When the Teacher opened Jeremy’s egg it was empty and all the kids laughed, thinking Jeremy didn’t understand the Teacher’s instructions. The Teacher didn’t want to embarrass Jeremy so went on to open the next egg however, Jeremy interjected and asked why the Teacher wasn’t going to talk about his contribution. Flustered, the Teacher replied, ‘But Jeremy, your Easter egg is empty.’ He looked into her eyes and said softly, ‘Yes, but Jesus’ tomb was empty, too.’

“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?” (Matthew 21 :1 6)

Happy Easter, Brett.


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