I am proud of my wife for many reasons but she did something that I want to share with you (and yes…brag on her a bit). For those of you who don’t know, my wife Laura is a special-education teacher. In her vocation, she teaches children who not only have a variety of disabilities but often come from very disadvantaged homes.
This week she discovered that two of her students, who happen to be siblings, did not receive an Easter basket of candy. For whatever reason, the expense of preparing an Easter basket is not something the parents of these students were able to afford. So my wife went shopping, buying chocolates and candy…and gave these students an Easter basket so that they too could experience a simple blessing of kindness.
I know, I know…Easter baskets and candy is not what the real Easter is about…or is it? I have always stood by my answer of “no” to that question and for the most part I still do. But the Easter event – that historic event when Jesus Christ was crucified, buried, and resurrected – was that not a blessing for humanity? Of course it was! Then it only seems appropriate that those of us who share in that blessing ought to seek ways of being a blessing to others. It seems that we ought to be living in such a way that God’s “will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6.10) as we are taught to pray. That is what my wife was doing in a small but beautiful and blessed way…allowing two children to experience some of the same joy that many other children have experienced the last few days.