Easter falls on 20th April this year. Unlike Christmas, where the world celebrates Jesus’ birth lavishly – decking our homes and malls with Christmas trees and tinsels, playing Christmas music for a month, feasting on log cakes and giving outlandish gifts to everyone. But Easter?
Easter has always been a nebulous festival associated with Easter bunnies, Easter egg hunts and Easter Egg crafts. We may find a handful of books in the bookstores and a few songs about Jesus coming back to life. In the hectic lives we live, Easter has been relegated to ‘just another’ public holiday.
It is our prayer that Dana will know the Lord at a young age. If we are to see this dream fulfilled, we have to be more diligent in teaching her the truth from the beginning. Her salvation is not in my hands, but our faithfulness and intentionality in sharing the truth of scripture is. This year, we have decided to put in extra efforts to teach Dana the story of Easter so that it will not be ‘just another’ bible story but we want her to develop a keen awareness and appreciation for Christ’s sacrifice.
I recently discovered an e-book ‘A Sense of the Resurrection‘ by Oh Amanda which is written to empower parents around the world to share Easter intentionally with young kids and help them enthusiastically celebrate their Saviour.
|From Oh Amanda|
‘A Sense of the Resurrection’ takes us on a discovery journey through the death and resurrection of Jesus. There are 12 simple craft activities to be done in the days leading up to Easter where children can understand Jesus’ Anointing, the Last Supper, Peter’s Denial, the Cross, the Empty Tomb and the Resurrection. I’m excited that it comes with printables, bible scriptures to read each day and specific conversation starters which will guide our family in this meaningful exploration of the meaning behind Easter. There is also a section on ‘How to talk to our kids about death’ which parents will find helpful. The activities are well-paced and simple enough to be executed daily without taking more than an hour of our time.
|A sample activity|
I’ve just purchased the e-book and love how the crafts that we make will set the mood to celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection right in our own home. Nope, no room for Christmas trees, reindeers or snowman at Easter but in its place, sparkly window catchers to remind us of the bright angel who rolled Jesus’ stone away, a biblical Easter bunting and more.
‘A Sense of the Resurrection‘ is available for purchase & download (at just US$7.99). From now till March 28th, use coupon code OHEASTER to save 20% (that’s what I did). I will be doing these 12 days of crafts and Scripture with Dana and sharing some of our creations on Instagram/Facebook using #senseoftheresurrection. I hope you will join along!