Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Preparing Our Hearts

This week marks the time we remember Christ's suffering and death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. In our home, we have not only been praying for the lost, but also for the believers all over the world that each person would be reminded just how much Jesus did for us and also to be encouraged, knowing that we serve a risen Savior.

We've been singing many hymns about the cross and about Jesus' resurrection. We've listened to St.Matthew's Passion by J.S.Bach.

Today, we made "Resurrection Rolls" using crescent rolls and marshmallows to signify Jesus' burial and resurrection,(in the oven, the marshmallow disappears!). We also opened our Resurrection Eggs, one by one and read from the Scriptures about the happenings of this important week so long ago.

We do include fun like decorating eggs and having an egg hunt on the property. We understand that there are some Christians that shun these things because of the pagan origins of Easter. We understand their views, but for our family, we simply have fun, knowing full well why we celebrate this exciting time.

We lay out nice clothes for church and make sure everyone is clean! The boys are getting haircuts this weekend,(they are getting a bit shaggy). We even look forward to after church where we come home and prepare a yummy brunch. A few years ago, our tradition was to take the family out for brunch, but that's getting a little pricey and tiring.

Most of all, we anticipate the morning at church with our dear church family. What a wonderful thing it is to celebrate our risen Lord together!

He is our Redeemer, our Hope, our very Life! As we prepare our hearts for this week, may we be quiet before Him, sincerely reflecting on His infinite love and then, rejoicing that He has conquered sin and death. He is alive! Alleluia!

"Up from the grave He arose;
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a victor of the dark domain,
And He lives forever, with His saints remain.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!"

1 comment:

Terry and Linda Lee said...

I remember being at your home one Easter week. I was dozing on the sofa when I heard you doing the Resurrection Eggs. Then I heard you lead the children in all verses of a favorite Easter hymn. Their voices sounded so wonderful singing that song, I had tears in my eyes.

Later I asked you how you taught them so many verses of the hymn. You said, "I taught them one verse each day during devotions. Thank you for a precious memory.

I love how you incorporate holidays with school at home! You children are blessed by all you do with and for them.
Love, Grandma Lee