A journal entry: Lavish love and perfect gifts
Easter isn’t Easter without egg dying, egg hunts at church and Grandma and Grandpa King’s, and watching the Passion. We miss our small group we just started attending twice a month and the Passover Seder celebration. The texting, meets, and zoom don’t replace the need for in-person, face-to-face interaction.
Sunday weather’s threat of colder, cloudy, and rainy weather combine with the clearing sky Saturday motivated me to get together the kids’ Easter gifts and to try and recreate the family Easter egg hunt on a smaller scale. Each kid only had six eggs and I didn’t put together Easter baskets like I usually do. Instead I searched Google and Pinterest boards for a scavenger hunt.
I found this one from Play Party Plan that’s generic enough that it will work for about anyone. We used 8 of the clues, and at the end the kids found their big Easter gift which of course included Legos, Mountain Dew, and a soccer ball.
Today we will take the time to reflect on the Resurrection with our morning church service, find time to watch The Passion, and play some indoor party games. It’s a GREAT day for returning our hearts to a Heavenly focus and the hope that a life in Christ gives.
We enjoyed giving gifts and seeing our 12 and 13 year olds still excited about hunting for eggs and the surprise of a present. What still astonishes me is how much I enjoy watching their joy and excitement. I got an unexpected gift, too. I’m the one who does the budgeting and shopping and Chris comes to my aid to wrap presents (this skill overlaps with hanging wallcovering), but Chris has been feeling quite ill lately, so I did it myself. If we weren’t in the middle of the pandemic, he probably would have ended up in the hospital on Wednesday. When I had the scavenger hunt set up, the gifts wrapped, and dinner cooking on the stove, I herded Chris into the living room. Immediately his face lit up as bright as the kids’. I hope your spouse gets just as excited as the kids. I watched him standing, smiling, and I could tell the energy was building up inside.
It’s impossible to go on without pointing out the obvious. Every good thing is from God and he delights in giving His children gifts. Chris’s energy and joy gave me a glimpse of what I know God feels every time we recognize and receive the good things He gives and does for us.
Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant and boundless mercy has caused us to be born again [that is, to be reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] to an ever-living hope and confident assurance through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,1 Peter 1:3 Amplified Version
I pray that today as you miss traditions, you find new ones that bring you as much love, hope, and joy.