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Easter is almost upon us.
But what does that really mean?
What comes to mind when you think of Easter?
Do you think about Bunny Rabbits and baby chicks?
Chocolate eggs and easter egg hunts?
Getting together with family for Easter brunch and taking picture in matching outfits?
Maybe that’s what you thought about last year. Maybe that’s what you thought about a few months ago when planning your spring break.
Today, however, things are so different. We are living in uncertain times. We are living day to day, in social isolation and distancing and Easter is looking quite different for all of us.
I want to encourage you mama, to think about the true meaning of Easter, or rather, Resurrection Sunday.
What is resurrection Sunday?
It is the wonderful, marvelous, miraculous day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about dust off that Bible you have on your bookshelf, look up biblegateway.com, or open up your Bible App.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”What does that all mean?Matthew 28
That means Christ died for us and our sins.
But he didn’t stay dead!
He rose from the dead and lives!
That also means that even though the above-listed things are fun and a great way to spend time with family, it is NOT the most important thing we should be celebrating.
We need to celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive and our sins are forgiven!
And even though we may mourn the ability to participate in some of those activities we can still remember the real story and remember and celebrate each day this week with something special.
A great way to remind ourselves and our family about the resurrection story is to read a little bit each day Palm Sunday until Resurrection Sunday.
If you would like you can start later. You can start on any day!
Activities to Celebrate Easter during social isolation
- Resurrection biscuits – these are fun and super easy to make.
- Bake some tradition sweet bread – Paska
- Easy cross craft for kids from housingaforest.com
- Easter bingo is always a fun activity to get the whole family involved – I found this great printable from coffeewithus3.com
- Easter egg hunt inside the house (or backyard)
- Printable easter finger puzzle you can find HERE
- Learn a Bible verse “He is Risen”
You can check out Pinterest for more activities. The important thing is to not stress out. Use what you have at home. Don’t go out and buy extra things and expose yourself. Spend time with your family, with Jesus.
You got this, mama!
P.s. Share how you’re celebrating down in the comments!