Today is a strange day. Right in the middle of the Easter celebrations is this day of waiting. In previous years we have used this day as the day we invited our extended family round for an Easter egg hunt for the kids. We had fun, found eggs, ate lots of food and went home!
But this year I didn't organise anything. Last year it felt.... uncomfortable. It felt wrong to be organising a frivolous and fun activity on a day when the disciples must have felt as if their whole world had just exploded.
After all, they had taken a step of faith OUT of the religious traditions they'd been brought up in and INTO a personal relationship with this Jesus guy - a man they believed to be the Son of God and their Saviour. Only he went and died - actually died - on a cross.
How do they go on?
What do they do?
They were mourning, waiting, wondering how to carry on...
Jesus was dead and buried.
"Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard."
Matthew 27:59, 60, 66
It struck me last year that surely there is a better way for me to convey this time of uncertainty, confusion and pain to the boys, rather than ignoring it completely and having an Easter egg hunt.
So this year we are doing a couple of things differently. We are going to bake Easter cookies, talking about the Easter story as we go, and we are going to prepare for Easter Sunday - decorating our eggs etc.
I'll post the cookie recipe later when I take some photos! But this year will be quieter, more thoughtful, remembering...
And maybe next year I'll add in a fast from 3pm on Good Friday until Easter Sunday morning... It's just a thought but I love how it helps to focus me in prayer and meditating on the reason behind this wonderful holiday.
What Easter traditions do you have?
Keep shining xx