Thursday, April 24, 2014
Happy Resurrection Day!
This year it felt like Holy Week was upon us faster than usual, but then again every holiday or celebration feels like that in the last couple of years. I suppose that is just part of life with kids. My mom has told me for years to enjoy this time because it will be gone before you know it. Isn't that the truth?!
Anyway. Back to the topic at hand...
Last week we spent our family worship time going through resurrection eggs to help prepare the kids (and us) for Friday and Sunday. We've been doing this for years now. Most of the time it is a pretty effective tool to teach from, sometimes it is a distraction from the real conversation we are attempting to have with the kids. We recently were at the end of Matthew in family worship, so we had been talking about the crucifixion and resurrection recently. I think that helped the kids some.
Friday was our church's Good Friday service. We are always grateful for this service. It is very somber and a reminder of the great price Jesus had to pay to bear the wrath of God for our sins. It is not a happy time. In fact, Pastor Dan asks us to leave silently since it is not a time of celebration - that is on Sunday. We were blessed to have some old friends from another church join us for this service.
On Saturday we made Resurrection Cookies to have on Sunday. We've been making these for years as well. Lucy really was the only one interested this year (three made it about halfway through), which is not surprising given her bent on learning about all things Bible and cooking. So, a great combo for teaching her. All four were excited to wake up Sunday to see if the cookies were in fact "empty". For the second year in a row, it was a flop. Oh well, I still think it was a useful way to spend our Saturday evening.
Praise the Lord for Resurrection Sunday! We were reminded in Dan's sermon on Sunday that it doesn't stop with the resurrection, but that we need to remember the importance of the Ascension and what Christ is actively doing on our behalf as a result of all of these event. It was so humbling to meditate on these truths. If you are interested, you can find the sermon here.