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The Beauty of Easter Lilies

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I simply can not believe that Easter is only 10 days away! It's hard to think about Easter Lilies and spring dresses when it's in the 30s today in Altanta! But despite the chill in the air, Easter will be here very soon. One of my favorite parts about Easter are the beautiful Easter Lilies! Every holiday bring with it it's own traditions and symbols. For Easter we are surrounded by colorful eggs, cute bunnies and the Easter Lily, a flower that stands for innocence, hope and life - the spiritual essence of Easter. Dating back to Biblical times, the lily is mentioned a great deal in the Bible. Perhaps, one of the most famous Biblical references is in the Sermon on the Mount, when Christ told his listeners: "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet..... Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." The flower has been called the "white-robed apostles of hope," as lilies were found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane after Christ's agony. Accroding to "this website":<http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/archives/parsons/publications/lily/lily.html, tradition has it that the beautiful white lilies sprung up where drops of Christ's sweat fell to the ground in his final hours of sorrow and deep distress. Churches continue this tradition at Easter time by banking their alters and surrounding their crosses with masses of Easter Lilies, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and hope of life everlasting. No matter what the Easter Lily represents for you, I hope you enjoy it's beauty during this wonderful season.

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