It’s the week before Easter….Holy week to some, spring break to many. What feelings does Easter evoke in you?
I have some fond childhood memories of Easter. Growing up, my dad’s parents would often come to visit for Easter. On Saturday night, we’d get all cleaned up and into our pajamas before bedtime, when we’d get to look for the plastic eggs that were hidden all over the house! Many years my sisters and I would dye eggs and find the hard-boiled eggs too; those always made for a colorful breakfast the next day!
My grandparents lived on a farm, and they would often bring us each our own little bottle of maple syrup! I love real maple syrup and maple cream, and it was such a treat to have our own syrup!
Our Easter eggs were often filled with special sweet treats or coins for our banks. We would race around the house trying to fill our baskets quickly, and my parents and grandparents enjoyed watching us search!
It is different this year though; my grandparents are spending Easter together in heaven for the first time!
As a Christian, Easter is the time where we get to reflect on what makes our faith different than that of so many others. As the song says, “We Serve a Risen Savior!” His perfect life that was given for us is what gives us hope to look ahead!
Because of the past, we can confidently look to the future! Not because of who we are or what we’ve done, but because our security rests in His control. We can plan egg hunts and fun family meals and activities together because of His sacrifice for our future.
These days, I enjoy watching my young sons look for eggs, teaching them about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for them, and using the new life springing up around us to remind us of the hope we have through Jesus.
What about you? Do you have a favorite Easter memory from your childhood, or maybe a more recent memory of your children? Do you have a favorite Easter tradition or activity you like to participate in each year? I hope you too share my hope for a bright future!
We’d love to hear your favorite Easter memory or tradition in the comments below!