Saturday, April 7, 2012

Preparing for a High Feast

We are getting ready to celebrate Easter - or Resurrection Day, as I prefer to call it. The word "Easter" is derived from the name Roman fertility goddess, Ishtar. And what better sign of fertility than a rabbit, right? Thus all the bunnies and eggs that the merchandisers push at us. Now I've eaten my fair share of Cadbury Eggs and chocolate bunnies and enjoyed every bite, but this day is about new life in a different way.

Every Sunday we have a special meal as a family to celebrate the Lord's day and Him coming to life, conquering sin and death. We light candles, haul out the nice china, and try to make food that everyone likes. (It's hard to celebrate when you have to muck down peas, right?) We practice polite table manners and generally try to be joyful. Oh, and to remind the kids that this is a sweet day, everyone gets chocolate or candy on their plate - and, are you ready for this - they get to eat that first! Yes, 'tis so sweet to trust in Jesus. But Resurrection Day is the day to celebrate the promise of new life He gives us! So we do it up BIG. I want the kids to remember that this is an extraordinary all the stops are pulled out. Pressed linens, candles, flowers, cloth napkins. No cutting corners here - the best to glorify God!

We eagerly await our celebration tomorrow! May yours be blessed, too!

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