Chocolate, Easter bunnies and child slavery

The first step in making cocoa is to harvest the cocoa pods, open them up and remove the beans. This is how it happens. (Screenshot from "The Dark Side of Chocolate")

I went to lunch with a friend last week and we stopped in at a local gourmet chocolate shop. The place was mobbed with people stocking up on the upcoming Easter holiday but all I wanted to do was ask the owners if they knew where their cocoa came from.Chances were quite good that the cocoa they used to make their sweet goodies was harvested by child slaves.I wondered if the people filling their shopping baskets knew that 42% of the world's cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast, where children … [Read more...]

The egg is empty! (Easter photo)

"But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this ..."

I was out in the yard this morning and found a tiny, delicate half of a bird egg resting on the ground. My first instinct was to look up to the tree branches overhead, knowing that up there somewhere is a nest with at least one newly hatched baby being cared for by his mother.The small egg, recently occupied and now emptied. The shell shed and left behind, the new life¬†taking its first breath¬†under the glorious morning sunshine. What a symbol of the new life Jesus gave to us.May you have … [Read more...]


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