I’ve been absent.
Not from here. No…from the Lord.
It’s true that we’re busy. Doing chores. Raising kids. Working. Relaxing. That is all true.
But what am I really doing? Am I making a difference anywhere? I want to be purposeful. What are my kids seeing?
I have avoided Easter…kinda. We colored eggs. I bought gifts and stuffed plastic eggs with candies. We talked about the Easter bunny with our 3yo and reminded our 9yo that Good Friday was the day Jesus died for us. Okay…dangit, where’s the tissue? Seriously, I’ve not done much else. We don’t have real Easter plans and I’m okay with that. I enjoy doing things with just the 4 of us. But here it is…11pm on Easter Eve and it’s hit me that I don’t think I’ve done my job as a Christian parent.
Since we have all day tomorrow at home together, we will be doing the following:
* of course, the egg hunt and breakfast
* a bike ride (it shouldn’t rain tomorrow) so we can say we didn’t sit around all day on a Sunday
* an activity that describes the ACTUAL meaning of Easter and what it means to our family
I am hoping to continue to secure my relationship with my boys through Jesus and His sacrifice. HE IS RISEN!
Luke 24:1-12 ESV
(1) But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. (2) And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, (3) but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. (5) And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, (7) that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (8) And they remembered his words, (9) and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (10) Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, (11) but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. (12) But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
“The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.” ~Henry Knox Sherrill
Here’s to making God real in this world.