Easter is quickly approaching. The chocolate Easter bunnies, toys, and dresses are flooding the stores. Easter Egg Hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny are sure to fill our schedules in the coming weeks…but is there more?
The answer is yes, there is more to Easter. The true meaning of Easter – about Christ’s sacrifice on the cross – is often ignored or at most caught during Easter Sunday church service. My kids accepted Christ as their savior at early ages. They know Jesus and continue to grow in their understanding. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the fun festivities we associate with Easter, as long as we don’t lose sight of the true meaning and significance of Easter. That is why I’m going through a journey with my family this Easter with Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior.
I received this book to facilitate this post.
Have a Christ-Centered Easter This Year
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter: Seven Traditions to Lead Us Closer to the Savior is a pocket-size book paced with fantastic insights, traditions, and stories that will lead you and your family on a journey to have a more meaningful Easter this year.
There are 7 short chapters that reflect on 7 people from the Bible that were close to Jesus Christ during that first Easter. Each section will talk give you a Bible passage to read together as well as a reflection of a person from the Bible. It will also give you the opportunity to put a tradition such as wheat baskets, the forget knot, and the red egg into practice – with the full understanding of why and how the tradition was developed.
For instance, in the first chapter on Lazarus, the story gives us hope – kinda like the warm weather this week has given us hope for Spring! 🙂 I like that this book gives the reader the opportunity to do something – a tradition, etc as a way to reflect and remember. It’s great for families too. For the first chapter, it suggest spending time planting wheat baskets to watch the wheat berries grow. In only about a week, the grasses will begin to grow. My son LOVES gardening, so he is going to enjoy this section especially. You can also give the wheat basket to a neighbor or friend as a special surprise gift with a message of hope. The tradition reminds us this:
“Lazarus reminds us of the unexpected hope that will spring forth from the darkest moments of our lives.”
I expect this this Easter to be more Christ-Centered than ever for my family and hope the same for yours. Happy Easter!