As we were heading to church we were discussing the HUGE emphasis the world puts on Christmas. And I truly dislike it. I mean, if it were all focused on the birth of Jesus, then yeah, let's celebrate. But, sorry, folks-Santa is not Christmas for me. Same thinking for Easter, what's the deal with the bunny? I have NEVER understood that. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bunnies. They're cute and cuddly. I had one for an indoor pet for a while. I love decorative bunnies that can be left out year round (no pastels). I acquired that love from Donna Wester. I adore her bunnies. Anyway, I think I need to do some research into the whole bunny thing.
EASTER is about a risen Christ who died an excruciating death for my sins. His Father (mine, too) offered him as a living sacrifice so that I could live, so that my sins could be forgiven. So that I could have a relationship with Him. I don't see a bunny in there. I see pain and suffering so I can be free. Free and filled with hope, love and grace. Oh, beautiful sweet grace!
I don't see the world putting a bigger emphasis on the birth of Jesus or his death. I do see our family putting a bigger emphasis on it. We made Resurrection Cookies again this year. It was our best year yet and I have hope that each year will get better as the boys understand more and more. Nathan got a very good understanding this year when he tasted the vinegar. He didn't want to at first, but then said, "If Jesus can do it, then so can I." All I could hear in my head were the lyrics, "I want to be more like Him because he wants to be more like me." How badly do I want to be more like Jesus so my children will be more like Him and want to serve Him? I pray to be a mom worthy of my boys...
Easter-no bunny. A cross, a vividly painful reminder of a beautiful sacrifice for my sins. What's your Easter?