Once upon a time there was a little bunny that lived in a giant shoe with his mean stepmother and two ugly stepsisters. He lived in the North Pole near some elves, seven dwarfs and eight tiny reindeer. One day a handsome prince gave a big ball. Anybody who was anyone was invited, but the little bunny was not allowed to go, so the children laughed and call him names. This made the bunny very sad, but a good fairy appeared and promised him a wish if he could guess the fairy’ name.
“Three chances are all you get,” said the fairy, “but if you fail to say my name, I will turn you into a frog”. The little bunny decided it was worth a try.
“Is your name Genie?” hoping for the obvious.
“Sorry, strike one!”
“Could it be Rumpelstiltskin?”
“Nice try, wrong story”, said the fairy. The little bunny thought and thought. Was the fairy’s name, Alice, or Gretel, or Pinocchio, or perhaps Goldilocks? The little bunny was worried. He didn’t want to be turned into a frog.
“Could you give me a hint?”
“Nope, it’s against the rules. You have one more chance!” The little bunny was clueless. Maybe being a frog wouldn’t be too bad after all.
“I have no idea. What about . . . Bob?” The good fairy was shocked. Bob? Who in the world would name a fairy Bob? But the fairy was forced to admit,
“I can’t believe it! You got it right. No one has ever gotten it right before. What is your wish”? The little bunny thought long and hard about how he had been mistreated by his stepmother, stepsisters and just about every one else as well. A basket full of poison apples crossed his mind. But little bunnies are cute not scary, so he said,
“I want to do something that makes people happy, especially children”.
“What did you have in mind?” said the fairy.
“How about if I went from house to house and left some presents?”
“Sorry, that’s already been done, you know, big guy red suit.”
“You mean I can’t leave anything, nothing at all?”
“I can give you eggs”, said the fairy thoughtfully. “You can even have colored ones.”
“Eggs – I’m a rabbit not a chicken! What does a bunny have to do with eggs?”
“Nothing – but there might be some symbolic significance for Easter”.
“Easter, what is Easter?”
“Well, there is a lot of debate, but it has this springtime, fertility theme going on and rabbits have always been associated with that! But this is getting too historical and theological, and this is a fairy tale”
“Oh . . . . yeah.”
“So, do you want the wish or not”
“I guess so, but when do I start?”
“How about the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox?”
“Don’t worry; I’ll get your started”. Just as the good fairy was about to leave, the little bunny had an idea.
“Hey, how about making some of the eggs chocolate?” he asked
“You got it” said the fairy and as he disappeared he said,
“Happy Easter to all and to all a good night”
And how does the story end? The little bunny lived happily ever after. What did you expect; it is a fairy tale. The resurrection of Jesus – well, that it a whole different matter!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – 1 Peter 1:3
Blessings, Pastor Steve