Isn’t it sad that no one knows what an Easter egg is?
The earliest Christians in Egypt used to give ostrich eggs to one another as a reminder to keep their eyes on what truly mattered.
Ostriches are the antithesis of elephants, apparently, and tend to be quite forgetful. When an ostrich lays her eggs she is very likely to forget where she put them. Consequently, ostriches always keep one giant eye upon the location of their nest, because if they look away, they forget where they left their kids.
Thus, in Africa, the tradition of decorating ostrich eggs became incorporated into Easter celebrations.
Easter eggs are supposed to remind us of the resurrection, of the severity of Christ’s love for the world, poured out for all humanity.
Doesn’t it seem like we should have remembered that?
Dr. David McDonald is the teaching pastor at Westwinds Community Church in Jackson, MI. The church, widely considered among the most innovative in America, has been featured on CNN.com and in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and Time Magazine. David weaves deep theological truths with sharp social analysis and peculiar observations on pop culture. He lives in Jackson with his wife, Carmel, and their two kids. Follow him on twitter (@fossores) or online at fossores.com