Since the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior are the cornerstone of our faith, I believe we should have an intense focus on these events. Unfortunately, more often than not, Good Friday sneaks up on us and we are caught unaware and we haven't planned to celebrate these life changing days.
The past few years I have been blessed to accumulate several ideas to help both our family and our church family have a much more meaningful Resurrection celebration. Here are just a few of the ways we are celebrating this year.
A wonderful messianic passover celebration with simple explanations can be found here at Thriving Family.
At home we make a Resurrection Tree. This picture is of one of our families. Each evening after they read a portion of Scripture about the last days of Jesus before his death, they draw a small picture of something from the reading. A palm, a nail, a donkey, a switch, a cross, a tomb... The tree is a constant visual reminder of what we are celebrating.
I printed coloring pictures that tell the story of the last days. After they are colored we tape them up on the wall, once again a visual reminder of what we are celebrating.
Recipe here. I think we first made one in 2007! This is especially fun for smaller children who help make the mountain and then enjoy play acting out the daily bible stories with the figures.
Today as we read about the woman anointing Jesus' feet with perfume, I "cried" on Jer's feet, wiped them with my hair, kissed his feet, sprayed perfume on his feet...we could imagine how the room smelled as she broke the bottle and prepared Jesus for his burial.
Read books that highlight the wonderful truths of the Gospel. Go through all your children's bible story books and read all of the stories that lead up to the resurrection. Take the time to slow down and celebrate with your family and friends the basis for our New Life in Christ!
|Our first "Easter Mountain" in Brazil...my how they have grown.|