Over the next ten days I will be posting the Easter activities that I am doing with my daughters this year. Chocolate eggs and chicks and bunnies have been on shop shelves and in television adverts for weeks already, but I want my daughters to understand even now (at 18 months and three years old) that Easter is not simply a four-day weekend spent eating pickled fish, hot cross buns and lots of chocolate. I want them to know that Easter is the most important time of the year, not Christmas. I want them to know why Jesus came, what He did, what it cost His Father. They are too young for deep theological issues, but I don’t think it is too early to give them the basics.
“For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
And so we have Ten Days of Easter.
Our church designated Saturday, 12 April as D-Day – a day to declare the gospel, a day to demonstrate the gospel, a day to make a difference. In this spirit, I wanted to show my daughters that one way to show people God’s love is to pray for that person.
We made cross suncatchers to give to friends and family members.
To save time, I pre-cut coloured plastic file dividers into small shapes. With my eldest daughter’s help, I wrote a list of all the people we wanted to give a cross to.
I helped my daughters press them onto a sheet of contact paper. While we stuck the shapes, we prayed for everyone on the list we had made.
When the sheet was filled with shapes, I put another sheet over it (sticky side down).
Then I drew small crosses, which we later cut out.
I explained to the girls that we were making crosses because the cross is a symbol of God’s love for us. “Jesus died on the cross,” said my eldest solemnly, “then they put him in the tomb. And then he rose again.”
“That’s right,” I said. “And where is Jesus now?”
“He lives in heaven,” she said, then began tapping her chest. “And he’s in my heart, and your heart.”