Merciless sun blisters my skin as the crowd's unrelenting curses assault my ears. The weight of my own guilt, the pain of dislocated joints and bound limbs bear down so heavily I can barely breathe. I dangle between present agony and hopeless eternity until He tells me,
"Today you will be in Paradise with Me."
Add one of your own in the comments or tell me more about my thief, what he's guilty of, how he got to this point, or give me a completely different story. Or if you observe either Easter or Passover share a special family tradition with me in the comments.
We'll be headed to my aunt's where 40 or so raucous family members will cause general mayhem and laugh the day away. Oldsters will play cards and reminisce while youngsters run around finding Easter eggs and chasing the dog. The rest of us will float between the groups, set out the food, snap towels at each other during the dishwashing.
Happy Easter and Happy Passover to the observant! Happy Spring to the rest!