Easter surprise

In a cheerful turn of events, new visitors to my blog discovered this March 2011 post. Easter Horse rides on! Easter blessings, Sue.

The cover of Mercedes’ card features traditional Easter symbols.

Easter Sunday is delightful in its festive predictability. The organist pulls out the stops. Choirs sing, handbells ring. Lilies. Alleluias.

Dyed and chocolate eggs. A lamb made of butter; a lamb made of cake. Jelly beans and Peeps. The [insert meat or vegetarian entrée here] made special with a new or very old recipe.

We know the story: Women go. Rolled stone. Jesus raised and revealed. Death defeated. Go and tell.

Sometimes we are blessed to hear the story in a new way. Easter alleluias sung through tears of grief are especially meaningful. The Easter service we share with a child or a new Christian recaptures our imagination.

Last year I was unexpectedly blessed by a girl’s Easter card, one of the cards sent in from Thabor Lutheran (Wausa, Neb.) to be sent on to ELCA missionaries. The front of Mercedes’ card featured a central cross, rainbows and an Easter basket. Sweet.

I opened the card and let out a hoot.  There, drawn on a white paper doily, was …


“Easter Horse” by Mercedes (Thabor Lutheran, Wausa, Neb.)


The Rev. Twila Schock, Kathleen West and I took turns showing the card to colleagues at the Lutheran Center. We were delighted over and over again each time someone new opened the card and encountered Easter Horse. Twila was the best at keeping the joy fresh. Well into Pentecost she would ask, “Is this a job for Easter Horse?”

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

Sue Edison-Swift (3/28/2011)

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4 Responses to Easter surprise

  1. Annie says:

    Used this for my April church newsletter article–already getting good feedback! Hooray for Easter Horse!

  2. Christoph says:

    You’re not going to believe this, Sue, but this time last year I was at the Lyceum, in the religion department office with Andrej, opening my mail from GM, and I get AN EASTER HORSE card from some kid in Nebraska! It must be her particular specialty, or something! I kept it and still have it somewhere… so great.

    • sue says:

      Hi, Christoph! WOOT! Thank you for stopping by d’blog. I believe you received the Easter Horse card because we made enough full-color copies for every missionary family to receive it. Don’t think you’re any less special because of this, though! You and Taryn were/are beloved. Mwahs! S.

  3. Christoph says:

    Well, I’ll be! I thought it was some crazy Spirit filled coincidence! Definitely brightened my day – thanks for sharing it with all of us!

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