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Originally published: 2013-04-01 10:24:49
Last modified: 2013-04-01 10:24:49

Our View: Easter resonates in our mountains

Today, many of us in the High Country joined Christians throughout the world to welcome Easter during a sunrise or other morning service in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Others shared in the spirit of the season, the season of rebirth, through a moment's reflection or perhaps through sharing the gifts of family and community and good works.

Easter is like that -- it reaffirms life, it offers a time of hope and it positions a world of opportunity before each of us.

For some, that opportunity may be limited through no fault of their own. For even in the Easter season, there are those -- like the Egyptian pharaohs of biblical time -- who would capture freedom only for themselves and deny it to others.

Today, millions of people live or have lived in a modern-day biblical Egypt, ruled by dictators and authoritarian regimes which offer no or limited options to those who are within their borders. 

Some of their names are familiar: Raul Castro of Cuba, Jalal Talabani of Iraq, Bashar al-Assad of Syria, Kim Jong-un of North Korea or Xi Jinping of China. 

Others are not so quickly recognized: Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea, Paul Biya of Cameroon or Sheikh Al Thani of Qatar.

Yet the Easter season contains an ancient message to share among all people -- and we in the High Country have the great fortune to reflect upon and share that message in a land where hope reaches the pinnacles of our mountains and beyond.