Apr 22, 2011
Easter. My Favorite Holy Day.
As you can see by the previous post, I have nothing against celebrating Easter and spring in a fun, kid-friendly fashion. I've got nothing against eggs, chicks, bunnies, and baby plants. They are cute, beautiful, fun signs of new life. And Lord knows I have nothing against candy! My child will never be deprived of any of these things.
But she will also never believe in the Easter Bunny. She will always know the REAL, wonderful, glorious, miraculous, life-changing and POWERFUL meaning of Easter.
We've been doing the Resurrection Eggs that my mom got for Ella before she was born I think ;). You can buy them here, or make your own here or here. It is a simple and fun way to tell the Easter story. After dinner we read a passage from the Bible, tell her a breif story and then it's reinforced by her opening an egg and finding an object that corresponds with story. She LOVES it. She asks to "open 'nother egg." I mean, she loves it so much we can use it as her reward for eating enough dinner!
I had no idea how much she'd understand or retain at this age, but she never ceases to amaze me. We review from time to time and so far she'll tell you that:
Jesus road into town on a donkey.
The men paid Judas money to tell them where Jesus was.
He ate dinner with his friends and they all drank from a cup.
Jesus was praying in the Garden.
They hit him with a whip and it was mean.
They put a crown on his head and it hurt him.
Jesus died on a cross for you and me.
The men played a game to see who got his clothes.
They poked his side.
I am not boasting about these things. I am just a simple momma, who loves the Lord, who is trying my best to teach my child about Him. Any success and results are His doing. But it sure does this momma good too! I cannot tell you what renewed joy I find as I discover again, my Savior's story through the eyes of my child who is hearing it for the first time.
Oh how I can't wait to get to the part where He rose again! To tell her that He is not dead, but that He lives! I plan to use this fun little resurrection roll recipe to share this with her!
And that folks is why Easter is the most important Holiday in my book. Because it celebrates the work accomplished on the cross. Jesus did live. He was an amazing man. He did many amazing things. But if he died on the cross and stayed dead. He's not my Savior. And I'm in the wrong boat!Oh but He did not stay dead! The evidence abounds! And only because He lives, only because He died and YET conquered the grave, can we have new life in Him, if we so choose.
Happy Good Friday to all. Bless you as you ponder the glorious atrocities He suffered for you. And Happy Easter. Bless you as you celebrate that HE IS RISEN INDEED.