Jelly Beans Joy
by PamFord Davis

I still remember the excitement of finding my Easter baskets. I always saw colorful hard-boiled eggs in the artificial grass. Mom had hidden a variety of candies in the baskets, too. Big chocolate crosses and bunnies were my favorites; marshmallow peeps were ranked way down my list. What Easter basket is complete without jelly beans?

The prettiest were purple. Ronald Reagan favored the licorice flavor.

While President Reagan is remembered for far more important accomplishments, I like remembering that he wanted others to know the joy of jelly beans. He gave away gift boxed jars of jelly beans to acquaintances, dignitaries and White House guests.

Let’s share the joy of Easter!

“Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.’ When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, ‘Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.’  Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, ‘Rabboni!’ (which means, Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord,’ and that He had said these things to her (John 20:13b-18 NASB).”

Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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