My Easter story: As a 10 year old living with my mother and brother in a Tucson apartment, I engaged in life much like any other kid of the 80s. Old school Nintendo (the original first Super Mario, Metroid, Tetris and Pacman!), hours of climbing and wrestling with my brother and friends, movies (Karate Kid, Return of the Jedi, and Back to the Future!), homegrown adventures and invented games filled those days with fun. My single mom created a cozy home for the three of us. At the time, she searched for meaning and purpose.
One day, several Christians from a local church knocked on the door. They told my mother about Jesus Christ, His love for her, and the meaning He longed to give her. She had waited for this very message for years. With joy, she prayed with them starting a new chapter.
Soon, I found myself on the edge of my seat in Sunday School. Stories, stories, stories. They told me so many stories – David and Goliath, Moses, Abraham and Isaac, Jesus and the disciples, Noah’s ark and many more. And woven throughout each conversation, I learned from those wonderful people how much God loved me. With a feeling a gratitude one fine Sunday morning, I decided I wanted to love Him back – to follow Him and His plan for my life. So, I prayed with the children’s pastor and felt the life of God filling my soul. A light turned on in my spirit like the inaugural lighting of a newly built lighthouse.
Thus began a life of many Easter services. While I cannot recall what I wore to those services, I do remember dressing up. Easter means something different to each person. Many people like me consider their moments of transformation when they attend the church service. Others think about egg hunting, chocolate and family memories. It’s a special occasion requiring special attire. For a Sunday service, wear a suit and tie or at least a sport coat and slacks. Attendance swells on that Sunday and most people know to dress well. So if you show up in jeans and a polo, you may feel out of place. Add a dash of Spring with a lively tie.
Spring implies brightness and new life. Moving out of the darker winter months of leafless trees and cold weather, fashion generally embraces the longer days, newly sprouted plants, and brightly colored flowers of Spring. So in response to the changing seasons, start a transition into lighter colored clothes.
If you’re holding an invitation to a picnic and egg hunt, try a more casual Spring outfit. For example, wear white or light tan linen pants with a light colored long-sleeve shirt (light purple or blue look great) and brown penny loafers. Make sure to roll the sleeves up above the elbows. You can also substitute in a polo (try pink).
Relax and enjoy yourself this weekend. Happy Easter!
© Copyright 2012 Jeremy Gradney.