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Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Robin Bayne

Easter Traditions And A Black Thumb

I’m not really a flower person, maybe because I have a “black” thumb instead of green. Or maybe because today’s floral arrangements cost a small fortune and don’t last very long. But I do love the Easter Lily, the traditional sign of Easter, spring and renewed life. The lily has many legends associated with it, including ancient myths and symbols of Christianity.

In the early church, the lily was the sign of Annunciation and Resurrection. Relating to the creation story, legend says Eve’s tears grew lilies as she left Eden in disgrace. In the Garden of Gethsemane, lilies grew where Christ’s sweat fell and were deemed “white robed apostles of hope.”

Another legend says Mary’s tomb was found empty three days after her burial, filled only with white lilies. Another story said that lilies were always yellow in color until the virgin Mary stopped to pick one, and thereafter they were white. And white lilies bloomed in the locations that are dear to Christianity, not only Gethsemane but at the site of the Crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus.
Easter is the most holy time of year for Christians, and it’s rapidly approaching. What signs and symbols do you look for at Easter? And if you don’t celebrate Easter, what are your favorite signs that Spring is on its way?

I'm holding a drawing for several items and accepting entries on my Facebook author page through Easter. Enter by "liking' the page and commenting on your favorite holiday.
Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of six novels and four novellas, along with a variety of short stories. She has contributed to collections including God’s Way for Teens, God’s Way for Fathers and Cup of Comfort Devotionals; and published articles in Writer’s Journal and Christian Communicator. She has given workshops at regional and online romance writing conferences and the Writer’s Digest World’s Largest Writing Workshop. She lives in Maryland with her husband of twenty years. Robin recently compiled a book of devotionals for writers titled “Words to Write By.” Visit her at


LoRee Peery said...

It appears white was the original color of lilies. I have yellow, orange, variegated, and the surprise pinks always surprise me. One day they aren't there, and the next they are.
I will finish The Artist's Granddaughter tonight. Lovely read.

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks LoRee!

Robin Bayne said...

Would also like to thank my host--LASR--for providing this spotlight for me. It's been great being here!