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They stood, noses quivering with excitement, waiting for the signal to take off.
No, it wasn’t opening day at Keeneland, but any throughbred would have been hard pressed to keep up with the dozens of squealing, laughing children who sprinted away eagerly in search of Easter eggs.
The hunt, which took place at First Baptist Church Saturday morning, began in the church’s cafeteria, where children happily colored Easter eggs, along with themselves.
“Look at this one,” exclaimed Lily Cornell, holding up a dripping egg that exactly matched the purple of her scarf.
Other children busily colored pictures with crayons, while still others contented themselves with watching, including Henry Swindler, who peeked out from under his Easter basket, which he chose to wear on his head.
Spirited though they were, children’s minister Susan Bowles finally got them to settle down enough to listen to the Easter story.
“Colored eggs and treats are fun, and God wants us to have fun, but He also wants us to remember the true meaning of Easter,” she told the wide-eyed group of youngsters gathered around her.
Bowles went on to tell the group, which also included quite a few adults, the story of the Resurrection.
“Jesus died on the cross for us so that whoever believes in Him can live in heaven forever; isn’t that a cool promise?” she said.
After that, the children were treated to the highlight of their day—the Easter Egg Hunt on the church lawn.
Although they were more stationary, the adults were nearly as excited as the children, urging them on and recording the event on everything from video cameras to cell phones.
Justifiably so, because one day, those images will be treasured mementos of a time that will never be forgotten.