Rev. Stover referred to Emil Brunner's quote "What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life" in his message today titled "Good News and the Living Hope".
This was a relatively early Easter this year - the first Sunday after the full moon following the March Equinox. The earliest Easter would arrive March 22 and the latest Easter would be April 25. The Eastern Orthodox Easter will celebrate Easter on May 5th and varies between April 4th to May 8th. When they varied Susan and I would celebrate both and I have great memories of attending the Russian Orthodox Easter services.
With multiple dates of celebrating Easter it just means March to May fills the spring calendar with good news and hope in the air!
Happy Easter .... today and through May 5th.
PS - This afternoon Ellen and I watched the Hunger Games again. A sad depiction of a society of the future. President Snow begins to worry about the actions of the heroine (Katniss Everdeen) and the impact she was beginning to make on the spectators. He says: "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective, a lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it is contained ....... so contain it!
That's the point - secularism can't "contain it". It is the meaning of life!