I’ve been thinking about how we, as a family, can put more emphasis on Easter this year. How can we together prepare our hearts and build anticipation for this most important day? I decided that we would each keep a journal where we would write carefully chosen scriptures that have to do with the coming, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and what that means to us.
There are several reasons you might want to join us.
The death and resurrection of Jesus are at the heart of our faith. After writing about the importance of traditions around Christmas, and about using holidays to point our children to the things we value, I started thinking about Easter. Easter, for most people doesn’t receive nearly the attention Christmas does.
The anticipation that centers around Christmas, even months ahead of the actual date, just isn’t present with Easter, and every year Resurrection Sunday sneaks up on us. And yet the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Romans 6: 4,5 KJV
I love the idea of writing scriptures.
- Writing out scriptures helps me focus on the words and ideas found in the verses. I find that my mind doesn’t wander like it does when I’m just reading, and I notice details that I hadn’t noticed before.
- Writing scriptures engages more of my senses than just reading and so I remember better. Have you ever read half a chapter and all of a sudden realized that you don’t remember what you just read? Writing out the verses keeps that from happening.
So I chose scriptures for the forty days that lead up to Easter and decided to make journals for each of the boys. After all, it seems like if we have a special place to write the scriptures, we will more likely keep focused. I ended up creating two journals- one for older children or adults who don’t mind writing out several verses each day, and I also made one for my youngest son that only has a few blanks to fill in each day. I figure this way, he gets to participate with the family, look up the verses, and have his own journal to keep record in, but he won’t get overwhelmed with a lot of writing.
I also included a hymn for each week that we can sing together as a family, or just read. There are some new ones in there for us, so we might take the opportunity to learn some new songs.
Both the Forty-Day Easter Journal for adults and the Forty-Day Easter Journal for kids are available on Amazon (with Prime shipping) but you could easily do something like this in notebooks. And of course, you could use these journals any time of year when you want to set aside some time to think about the reason for Christ’s coming.
If you would rather just have a list of the scriptures click on either image below to open a PDF file of both options.
I hope I’ve got you thinking about making some new traditions, if you usually don’t give this holiday a lot of attention. If you do have special activities planned for this time, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Thanks for reading!
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