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Letters to the Editor

April 02, 2010

Jesus Christ: The real message at Easter



To the editor:

My parents were married for 45 years before my mother passed away. My father continued to miss "his bride," as he always called mom, until he joined her 10 years later. Since I am divorced, I marvel at such marriages, where love stands strong under the pressures of life.

Easter is about God's endless and perfect love through the death, burial and resurrection of his son. Even Christians who don't attend services on a regular basis will often make a yearly pilgrimage to the church nearest them on Easter Sunday to celebrate this sacred event.

There are those who tend to want nothing at all to do with Easter. Many have had hardships in life that made them look at the cross and turn away. Some might even judge others who are happy in their walk as a Christian because they have no understanding of what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is all about.

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I grew up attending church, but felt something was missing for years. One day while cleaning my kitchen, I thought about how my life was in as big a mess as the unwashed dishes piled before me, and so I stopped to pray. I wanted to know if He really was there and cared about what I was going through. A simple prayer was answered by receiving extraordinary direction and I was never the same again.

Like my father's endless devotion for my mother, no losses or others mocking my beliefs can destroy what I have. When I stopped focusing on the traditions made by man and looked only to Him, I traded my religion for a relationship with God.

It does not take away the challenges in life or my own imperfections, but I know now there is a bigger picture than the one I was seeing before.

God nailed His love to a cross. His name is Jesus Christ and this is the real message at Easter.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown




Rowland's health care column was on target



To the editor:

I have read a great deal of commentary in the Washington Post, other newspapers and online about the health care debate over the past year.

Tim Rowland's column on Sunday, March 28 ("Steaming over health care reform? Consider the source," page A10) presents the most lucid analysis of the problem leading to the recent action by Congress and points the finger at the right target, a target that does not seem to be in the sights of the many critics.

I appreciate the fact that Tim, unlike Sarah Palin and other politicians, put the cross hairs where they belong.

Kenneth V. Duncan
Smithsburg

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