The Legend of the Easter Lily
Last week it was Dogwoods. Yesterday it was Palm Leaves. This week it's all about the Lilies. For many people of faith, the trumpet-shaped white lily symbolizes purity, innocence, hope and life... the very spiritual essence of Easter.
Legend, literature, and art are full of stories and images of the beauty of the white Easter Lily. For example, legend has it that lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ’s agony. Over time the legend grew to include the story that lilies sprung up where drops of Christ’s sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of distress on the cross. To this day churches continue the tradition at Easter time by flanking their altars and surrounding their crosses with mass quantities of Easter Lilies to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the sure hope of everlasting life.
This week, why not bring an Easter Lily or two into your home as a reminder of what Christ did for you.
(Just keep the lilies away from your cats... they're poisonous to cats, which makes sense since cats are associated with and symbolic of Satan!)
This Monday Minute is from Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to Were You There When They Crucified My Lord by ReThink Worship. Listen in at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJUX733ovGI