On the day this blog post appears, I’ll be explaining Easter to my daughter’s class. Explaining? It’s actually a laughable idea. Packaging something so huge and mysterious for 4 year old brains? I’m not sure I’ll fully understand Easter in a life-time. So I’ll take a single idea.
Every morning as I wave goodbye to my daughter, I say the same thing. “See you later!” She believes I’m coming back because I’ve never broken that promise. So when Jesus says he’s coming back on the third day and then gloriously, triumphantly appears, we can believe every other promise He has made because, frankly, if you can rise from the dead, you can do anything! Here are just a few of His promises, paraphrased for tinies:
Those who love me will live with me forever in heaven (John 3:16).
You will be forgiven if you say sorry and believe in me (Luke 6:37)
Your life will be full of good things (John 10:10)
I’m there when you pray together (Matthew 18:20).
We can also believe everything else He said. The best thing our children can hear is that children are particularly precious to Jesus. Obviously, in our homes, we can add a layer to our childrens’ understanding each year. If my two-year-old just understands that Easter is special and is something to do with Jesus, I’ll be happy. We’ll be marking Holy Week and celebrating Easter in ways that help explore the story in a tangible fashion.
Towards Easter, we’ll bring out the Resurrection set we made last year for our mantlepiece. It was really easy to make and I loved the unexpected surprise of watching my daughter explain the Easter story to a friend on a play date! We’ll also make our tomb garden again. I’m not artistic but air-dry clay is forgiving. (c.f. photo) On Easter morning, the stone is rolled away and the final candle lit inside the tomb. We’ll make an Easter tree as my Mum always did, maybe using Ann Voskamp’s beautiful decorations and devotional and replacing the Old Masters’ pictures of the Passion with decorated blown eggs on Easter Day.
Easter breakfast is now fixed as lamb-shaped bread and Greek Orthodox-style red eggs and we may try using these Resurrection eggs over the school holidays, searching for one hidden egg each day and using the symbol inside to explain the Easter story bit by bit.
We are an Easter people and it’s time to celebrate the crux of our faith so let’s give Easter the (thoughtful) fanfare it deserves!
For more creative prompts, try this link for lots of simple ideas!
Jennie Brandon lives in Cambridge with her writer-theologian husband, Guy and her two children, Pigwig* (4) and Tintin* (2). She loves God, her family, good coffee, blogging (usually at www.laundryinthetemple.com) and her slow cooker.