Friday, April 6, 2012

skipping out on the egg hunt.



as i reflect on what today, Good Friday, is and what it means my mind takes me to the kids.  not just to our three but to the children at church.  now that we are teachers at kid's church there is a greater sense of responsibility on our shoulders.  how do we really teach kids about what Jesus accomplished for us?  how do we get it in their hearts?  {and let me just say that i'm incredibly humbled that our pastors and God would choose US to teach children...i'm much like Moses...uh, Lord...you have the wrong person....are you serious?  do you think i'll ever learn to stop arguing with Him? :}

we didn't want the typical easter egg hunt and chocolate bunnies...call me silly but i've never been able to see what hunting eggs has to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus.  and i'll be the first to admit that holidays seem to be a little...shall we say...commercialized? anyway, after some thought, prayer and online research on how to make this years Easter fun and memorable we decided upon an Easter party!  complete with an Easter pinata!

okay...you may be thinking...now mountain mama, you won't do an Easter egg hunt but you'll do a pinata...at church?  what gives?

well...you see, the pinata will be beaten.  much like our Jesus was.  and that's sad.  really sad.  but, there's good that comes from it. and i don't know about you but i think everything that comes with Jesus being raised three days later is pretty sweet!

okay...so there's a pinata...cake and cookies...and we'll talk about the colors of the goodies in their Easter sacks collected from the pinata.

the colors mean:

green - life - the palm branches being waved at Jesus as he rode the donkey
purple - royalty - Jesus is King!
red - Jesus shed his blood for me!
white - purity - my sins are forgiven
yellow - the radiance of Jesus is like sunshine
blue - the heavens, our home

we'll do an Easter egg toss with hard boiled eggs and listen to music. and that's all.  short, sweet and to the point.  oh yes, and all the kids are doing a skit in front of the entire church...why am i so nervous?

wishing you a reflective Good Friday and a truly blessed Easter.  may God continue to change our hearts to be more like Him.

*scout did sound a mite dissapointed about the lack of egg hunting, so we may hide a few at home for fun.  she likes a good challenge.  but, we personally do not do the easter bunny, santa or tooth fairy.  instead they are called "daddy claus" and my personal favorite "the daddy fairy"...but don't tell him i told you =) 

6 comments:

  1. I think that is GREAT! Have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

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  2. Sounds wonderful!!! Have a wonderful Easter....A time for Thankfulness of what Jesus has done for us!!

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  3. I would never in a million years thought of a pinata. Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Blessings to you and your family.

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  4. land sakes we don't do the easter basket with goodies or the egg hunt (we do leave goodies just on the table...after all we are celebrating something awesome)...or pics with the bunny
    and it's driving my parents and inlaws to the brink of ANGER. how dare i take away a childhood tradition....they seem to be losing sight of what we are teaching OUR children. I get multiple txt daily about this....add to the fact that we aren't naming our child what they want either.
    my response has been? go have another baby of your own and do with it what you will...

    AS FOR THE PINATA...i totally totally love that idea. i think i might start that as a tradition in our Easter celebration!

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  5. Great alternative! We Christians need to press back against the culture of this world we live in. Mr. C learned about all of the traditions connected w/ Easter, and what Easter really stands for, which isn't anything Christian at all, it's all rooted in paganism.

    We had a great family discussion about Christians and man-made traditions and how we as Christians have let our guard down by mingling pagan things in with our Christian beliefs. We tell ourselves it's ok if we rename things or say, we're not worshiping those things like they did in the past. But what are we doing?

    We came to this scripture-
    Matt. 5:13-16“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
    “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

    We had to ask ourselves, how can we be salt and light if we are doing everything just like the "world" does. Really pricked our hearts.

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  6. i love your vision, friend. i think a pinata was the perfect choice. :)

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