Celebrating the Joy of the Resurrection!
We’ve spent the last two months writing about the many different parts of Passion Week, and how we can teach our children about these important events. Today it’s finally time to talk about the most exciting event of all. The resurrection of Jesus!
Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
great things for us, and
without a bunny? In my family, we do
some of the traditional Easter activities, like coloring eggs and having an
Easter egg hunt, the week before Easter.
But I want Easter Sunday to be a special day where we are really focused
on Jesus’ resurrection. My challenge as
a parent has been to figure out how to make that exciting for my children. Some of the ways I have done this in the past
include having the boys open Resurrection Eggs in the days leading up to
Easter, and making a Resurrection Garden that is beautifully transformed on
Easter morning. This year I’ll be adding
something a little different. I don’t have any photos of it because it’s
not really something I can prepare in advance, but let me tell you about my
plan (just do me a favor and don’t tell my kids).
that’s how I think of it. ALL CAPITALS amazingly wonderful JOY. Wow. What a morning it must have been, as Jesus’
resurrection transformed the hearts and minds and lives of his friends and
followers. While they started out the day with some shock and confusion, we know the whole story so we get to skip straight to joy!
children on Easter morning, I have decided to spend the evening before Easter
in an interesting way. Should I be
cleaning the bathroom in preparation for guests coming the next day? Probably.
But instead I’m going to blow up a whole bunch of balloons. Do your kids love balloons? Mine do!
And balloons remind of me joy because they are so light and bouncy and
they come in bright cheerful colors, and they make people smile. On the balloons, I’m going to write words
that come to mind – things that describe the resurrection and things that we
have because of the resurrection. Words
like, “amazing”, “surprising”, “awesome”, “love”, “peace”, and “hope”. I may even write the words to Psalm 126:3 on a
couple of the balloons and then see if the boys can put the balloons together
to figure out the verse.
balloons in the living room, and the happiness that they experience while
playing with them, will give us an opportunity to talk about the joy and
happiness that Jesus’ resurrection brought not only to his friends 2,000 years
ago, but also to us today. The Lord has
truly done great things for us.