Faith, family, friends and Easter
In my world, faith, family and friends come first, in that order.
There is little debate that family is an imperative focus of any caring, well-meaning individual. That is certainly the case in my life.
We are all blessed if we have good, make that great friends who support us daily and have our backs, as it were. That is certainly the case in my life.
For those of us of faith, today is the culmination of a season of every emotion imaginable.
It has been a season of uncertainty.
It has been a season of an unwelcome viral intruder.
It was been a season of personal, physical and financial pain for many.
It has been a season of learning patience, endurance and hoping for real solutions.
It has been a season of giving and forgiving.
In the spirit of Lent, many have chosen to give up things we hold dear.
For some, it is changing language.
For others, it is changing diets.
In some instances, it was about not imbibing.
Commitments are cherished.
Commitments are treasured.
Commitments require steadfast determination.
There is great admiration for those who honor commitments hourly, daily, weekly, yearly, in lifelong fashion.
There is admonition for those who violate commitments frequently.
The word of a man or woman must be genuine for it to be taken seriously, rather than to be ignored or dismissed.
In a season of change, there is one constant, one element that has never changed.
While we all have our mood swings, our good days and bad days, our memorable and forgettable moments, our good deeds and our sinful behavior, we must ultimately prove that we are capable of overcoming.
In Roman Catholic tradition, there are those who are coronated as Saints for wonderful lives lived in serving others and serving the Lord.
While many popes, preachers and other servants have lived exemplary lives, we are all human, in the flawed human condition, falling short at times, sometimes too many times.
We are all sinners in need of forgiveness.
The Saints are just the sinners who fall down and get up, borrowing the words of a great song by Bob Carlisle.
We become wise again by acknowledging our offenses, by being truly sorry for those wrongs and repenting.
Most importantly, we learn from mistakes and go about the business of not repeating those failures.
Scripture says we must repent and turn from sin, adding that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
The One those of us honor today forgave, telling blood-thirsty aggressors to cast the first stone at a sinner, if any of those casting the stone was without sin.
Suffice it to say that no one lifted a hand.
The One those of us honor today forgave and said to go and sin no more.
We must learn to forgive others.
We must learn to ask for forgiveness in sincere fashion.
We must understand how to accept forgiveness.
The children are on their own now, living their lives to the fullest and as parents, we are incredibly happy for them, smiling with every thought, at every juncture of the day.
As a result, there are no pecan eggs, no Heavenly Hash delicacies, no colored eggs.
Those were the days and I loved those days.
Now as the day advances to night and into day again, the darkness turns to light, the moon disappears and the sun appears.
The agony of the pandemic is real but it is nothing compared to the agony suffered by the suffering endured by The Son many of us worship today.
Our of the darkness of the tomb emerges the light of the world for many believers as the rock was rolled away.
As the sun rises, the Son also rises.
It is the ultimate victory celebration for believers worldwide.
For Christ-followers, Jesus gave it all.
As the great hymn says, Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. Sin had left a Crimson stain and He washed it white as snow.
I will spend this morning in church, in worship, giving all glory to the One who gives me hope, guidance, reassurance daily.
Then, I will spend the afternoon with family, giving thanks for what the Lord has provided.
As we contemplate what many of us gave up during the Lenten season, let us contemplate giving up the negative aspects of our lives permanently, to commit to changing for the better by examining ourselves and washing away the dirt from our minds and bodies.
On this special day, may the world, including the sports world, embrace the most basic tenets Christ taught us which include loving the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength, loving our neighbors as ourselves, loving our enemies, loving one another.
Those Biblical principles are easy to say, sometimes hard to do.
Life is not easy. No one every said or thought that it would be.
Let us travel the road less traveled by embracing everyone, from every religious, ethnic, geographical, educational and even political background. That is the litmus test for those of true faith.
When Jesus said to love one another, He added that, “As I have loved you, so must you love one another. All men will know you are My disciples if you love one another.”
Let’s go there. Let’s do it. Let’s start today, on this special day. Let us love our faith, our family, our friends and let us extend that love beyond all boundaries.
To each and everyone of you of all backgrounds, Happy Easter from CrescentCitySports.com.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…