Re "The miracle of Easter tourism," April 4 article:
Will somebody please explain to me the meaning of this sentence: "Religious families, especially those who observe Lent, will want to go on vacation to celebrate the end of more than a month of religious observance, [Robertico Croes] said." It implies that people who love God and want to observe Lent, the 40 days prior to Easter, need to recuperate - maybe by vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Examples of Lenten observances might be attending church daily, giving up certain foods, reading the Scriptures or praying. Croes makes it sound like one might spend Lent performing tedious tasks like fighting gladiators or building catacombs, or maybe running a chariot race.
According to the article, Croes also stated, "At Easter weekend you get loose and want to relax and get out of religious observation." What is he talking about? He also says Easter isn't a "unique holiday." Yes it is, Mr. Croes. It is celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus. Has any other human risen from the dead?
Hotel reservations increase at Easter time because the weather in South Carolina is gorgeous, the trees and flowers are breathtaking and walking on the beach is glorious. Not because they are exhausted after following religious chores and rituals.
Easter is not a holiday - it is a holy day - it is the holy day. It is the day Christians celebrate the risen Christ. Actually, true Christians celebrate Jesus everyday. But this is a day set aside to rejoice and be thankful for what Christ has done for us by going to the cross for the redemption of our sins and making a way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Croes obviously does not know the first thing about being a Christian if he thinks it is a burden and a lot of work to observe Easter. On the contrary, to serve Christ and celebrate Easter is a joy, a blessing, and a privilege.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.