Friday, April 22, 2011

It's a "Good Friday"

        I don't know how many of you will read this tonight, but I wanted to share a very easy and very powerful thing to do with your kids tonight. You can also save it for next year.  I am not a crafty mom, but I appreciate meaningful visual things to do that do not require any glue gunning or pipe cleaners. My dear ranch friend, Darcy, told me about this as I had desired for our munchkins to understand more about Easter than bunnies and candy.  


     So, today is Good Friday and it is the day that we recognize as Christ's death. This morning we started the day with my dear husband telling his munchkins all about His death on a cross and why He had to die. He pulled out a nail and taught them how it represents the nails that pierced Jesus' hands and feet. Then, we carried the nail in our pockets all day.  (Maybe only safe for 4 and older.)


    Tomorrow is the day we will exchange those nails for a rock. And my preacher of a husband will then explain how the rock represents our sin that Jesus died for and the tomb that He was buried in. You might even want to write out a sin for your older kids on the rock. They will then carry this rock in their pocket for the day. 


    Finally, Sunday is Easter and when my munchkins wake up, we will first throw out the rock that they've carried for 24 hours and replace it with a flower of their choosing. We then get to celebrate our sin being washed away, because Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice and then was resurrected from death. Now, that is a reason to celebrate with bunnies and candy. I know my youngsters might not understand all of it, but, don't visuals help us all to remember?  Happy Easter to all of you and remember to take the time to teach what this celebration is all about. 





3 comments:

Aly said...

Brooke I LOVE that!! Have you heard of resurrection eggs? They are really good too!

Mary Ellen said...

Brooke, this is such a sweet story. I love it. : )

chelsea said...

Brooke,

Is it possible to repost any of your blogs? That is such a great story and so many people have forgotten why we celebrate Easter. I didn't want see a little icon so I didn't want to copy and paste without checking!

-Chelsea

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