Meeting Recap March 10, 2017 - Easter

Holidays seem to go hand in hand with big expectations. We want to build life long memories for our children, adding one more event to the calendar or making a simple project extra special. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July and birthdays expand outside their twenty-four hour allotment, taking up weeks, with planning and lead up celebrations/events.

While many of the things we try to do are fun and beautiful, often we do to much and lose the joy of the event itself. Christmas gets a lot of grief for this. We tell ourselves, "Slow down. Don't buy so much. Keep the focus on Christ." Marie Nelson spoke to us Friday, saying maybe it is time to start saying that about Easter too.

For many, Easter is bright, light and cheery. Its spun sugar, pastel eggs and a glimpse of sunshine and green grass. Its fun to get wrapped up in chocolate eggs and bunnies, new Easter dresses and an excuse to get together with extended family. All fun and beautiful things.

However, as Christians, Easter has another side. A dark and heavy side, burdened with the death of an innocent man. Adults find it difficult to sync the commercial brightness of Easter with the darkest days of Earths history. Explaining it to our children is even harder. Marie's advice, "Keep it simple, tangible but simple."

Marie likes to use Resurrection Eggs to explain Easter to children. You can buy Resurrection Eggs or you can make them. The eggs and their contents act as a tangible way to walk your children through the Passion Week (the last week of Jesus's life covering the triumphal entry thru His resurrection). Each egg contains a small representation of a key moment in the week and a corresponding text. The last egg is empty, representing Christ's empty tomb. The set Marie shared with us coupled the empty egg with Matthew 28:5-6, which reads:

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Other fun visual ways to share the story of Easter with kids include resurrection rolls and resurrection cookies. Marie reminded us that sometimes even the best planned visual aid can go awry. If this happens to you, give yourself grace and take it as a fun memory making moment.

Other Easter resources Marie shared included:

Easter is about Christ. Our job is to keep it simple, keep it tangible and keep it focused on Him. If we do that, we will leave our kids with more than just memories and traditions. We will leave them with a foundation and friendship with their Creator and Savior.