Easter and Faith

Easter Sunday!  It is a time of celebration for the Christian world, the resurrection of Christ.  In Canada 67% of the population is Christian with Catholic being the predominant faith.  Nearly 24% of the population is what they determine to be non-religious.

I liken these numbers to the polls at election time.  Something to talk about but not much accuracy as it is just a category on the census form.  It doesn’t necessarily mean the people go to church or practice the religion.  By the same token, it does not mean the ‘non-religious people do not believe in God, only that they have not identified with a particular religion.

I fall into the later category.  Growing up I attended several churches and found them to be anything but Christian in their teachings.  Because of this I chose to follow God in my own way, and treat my fellow man in the way I would like to be treated.  I believe that no matter who or where you are, the way you treat your fellow man is far more important than the number of times you visit a place of worship.

This brings me back to Easter.  I did go to church today.  I did not go to hear the sermon or the rituals that are performed with the mass.  I went for the solitude that only an introvert can know in a crowded place of worship.  It served to remind me that there is always a new beginning and that, in spite of ourselves, life goes on.

Combine that with sharing a meal with family and seeing the joy in the grandchildren’s eyes, and we are very aware that life goes on.  Easter may not be a religious time for those who do not practice a religion but many take this time to be with and enjoy their families.  In some cases, to reacquaint with those they have not seen in a while.

I can’t help but think that God would like that.

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