From Bethlehem’s Well

How To Skip Easter This Year …

… Don't

While stay at home orders and social distancing have up-ended how we carry out schooling, play dates, birthdays, weddings, grocery shopping and all the rest these changes may be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for to re-create your family narrative around Easter celebrations.

While our family has not been in the habit of traditional Easter festivities, I am not immune to the joy of peeps and chocolate bunnies. However, when it appears that sugary confections, garden parties with hidden eggs, winsome bunnies and fluffy chicks have crowded the imaginations of our children we may have lost our way a bit.

For families that share a devotion to honoring God let us not allow our desire to provide our children with every avenue for fun cloud our mandate to properly guide them in truth. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7 "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up". /
Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.")

When it takes all of our imagination, or that of our beloved Pinterest, to squeeze out a biblical application from all that chocolate and cottontails I fear we may be drifting. Why not use this season of close family-only interaction to reclaim the important observance of Resurrection Day? After all it is the only one He has asked us to remember (Luke 22:19 “… do this in remembrance of me” / I Corinthians 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.”)

Maybe you don’t quite know how to share such an important message with young ones (or grown ones for that matter). Start here for some practical helps http://www.bethlehembaptist.org/gospel-helps.html  After all, sharing the good news (evangelism) “is just one beggar telling another where to find bread” (DT Niles)

Are you ready to try something new?

Ideas for reclaiming your family celebration

  • Refer to the day as Resurrection Day
  • Make the on-line service of your church the highlight of your morning. Get dressed up if you want!
  • Share a celebratory meal together with special reflection on God’s love for each of you
  • FaceTime, Skype, Zoom or call extended family and share the joy
  • If you love giving gifts, consider an age appropriate children’s or family devotional book (this is a great option: https://wolstore.org/collections/quiet-times)
  • Evaluate your activities and crafts for focused learning and faith building
  • Visit websites and YouTube channels like www.cefonline.com/why or www.youtube.com/unitekids or https://equipu.kids4truth.com/dailydevo
  • Save the chocolates for any other day

In full transparency our family gave up Easter baskets in the toddler years and saved Grandma’s generous chocolate gifts for the week after Resurrection Day ... except for the one basket I made when our kids were both over 18. They laughed and didn’t feel like they had ever “missed out” since we were consistent in our yearly celebrations.

Don’t skip Easter this year … reclaim it!

  - Cindy Morris
    Bethlehembaptist.org

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