On Good Friday last year, Lydia and I took a round baking dish outside and filled it with dirt…we were making a mini-garden. Then we found rocks, sticks, plants, moss and leaves to cover and plant in our new garden. The final piece was a giant potato. Yup, like from Idaho. We chopped the bottom off and carved out a little hole in the middle. We placed it cut-end down and suddenly, it wasn’t any garden. It was the tomb and garden where Jesus was buried. Lydia was so proud of our garden. I was impressed at how beautiful it was. A great reminder of what Jesus did for us–but also a pretty decoration for our Resurrection Sunday celebration. By Good Friday evening, the leaves started to look a little dingy. By Saturday night? They were looking downright pitiful. That night before Lydia went to bed we looked at our garden again and talked about how Jesus’ friends must have been feeling. Thinking back to when we made our garden–it seemed like a long time ago! This whole time Jesus had been dead and his friends were so sad–and scared and confused. After Lydia went to bed I did a little doctoring to our garden…
How do you make Easter about ‘The Lamb’ and not ‘The Bunny’?
If you have a post on your blog (new or old) about the REAL meaning of Easter including traditions, activities, games, crafts or even just conversations you’ve had with your kids, please place the URL in the linky below! If you don’t have a blog, please leave your story in the comments. I want this post to be a giant treasure trove of great ideas to impress our kids with the resurrection!
lamb photo by essjay, text by me