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Taps, Reveille and My Easter Bonnet

April 4, 2010

There were all of two women who wore hats during the Easter services I attended.

I was one of them.  For me, the flowers on my hat represent spring and renewal.

Maybe wearing Easter bonnets is old school.

What is enduring is the message of Easter, namely rebirth and resurrection.

The sermon feature an anecdote about English statesman, Sir Winston Churchill.

Well it seems he planned his funeral, right down to the music.

At the conclusion, the former prime minister requested that a bugler play Taps, a classic melody that  honors the fallen.

Then  wanted a second bugler to play  Reveille, a song that represents the dawn of a new day.

When I got home, I did some research and discovered that the Rev. Billy Graham shared this story at the funeral of an American politician, former president Richard Nixon, in 1994.

Rev. Graham concludes, “That was Churchill’s testimony that at the end of history, the last note will not be Taps, it’ll be Reveille. There is hope beyond the grave because Jesus Christ has opened the door to heaven for us by his death and resurrection.”

Have  blessed Easter.


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