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:
“The Lord has done
great things for us, and
we are filled with joy!”
How do we make Easter exciting for our children, even 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).
When I think of the resurrection, I think of JOY. I have to put it in capital letters because 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!
In an effort to bring just a little bit of that joy to my 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.
I’m hoping that the children’s surprise at seeing all the 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.