This Week’s Legislative Column from Senator Mike Cunningham

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Remembering Jesus’ Sacrifice

It’s that time of the year, when the winter chill and dreary clouds make way for blue spring skies and comfortable weather. The magnolia trees here at the Capitol are in full bloom, with their beautiful pink buds opening up to greet the sun and passersby. This is one of my favorite seasons, as the whole state seems to breathe a sense of rebirth, growth and peace.

The Senate adjourned for Spring Break this past week, and will re-commence the week after the Easter holiday. Every year I use this legislative break to spend more time with my family and friends, and to give thanks for all the wonderful people in my life that I am lucky to have around me. I hope that you, too, will take advantage of the upcoming holiday to see and thank the people who are important to you.

The Easter festival is the oldest and most important celebration within the Christian church. The holiday symbolizes Jesus’ rebirth and triumph over death, when he arose from the grave and proved to the world that he was the true Savior. Over the past 2,000 years, Christians all over the world have remembered Jesus’ sacrifice by joining together with their relatives, friends and church families to give thanks for the Savior’s sacrifice and celebrate the blessings they have received.

In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you celebrate this upcoming weekend. During this holiest of weeks, just try to take in the beauty of our wonderful state and the people within it. Give thanks for your loved ones, the warm weather, Missouri’s natural beauty and your freedom. Take the time to go on a hike, or to stop and smell the flowers that are now in bloom. Above all, remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us so long ago, and be thankful and hopeful for the future.

As always, I appreciate it when groups from around Missouri and from our community back home come to visit me at the Capitol. If you would like to arrange a time to come and visit me in Jefferson City, or if you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Capitol office at (573) 751-1882.