So I was perusing my bloggy friends’ sites last night and came across Jon Acuff’s posting about Easter. Now, I’m a bit biased since he is my BFF from Blissdom, but I really do enjoy reading his stuff. He just has a way of grabbing your attention, and pulling you in to get a really great message. In this case, here’s what grabbed my attention…and made me go to his site.
So at first, I was really afraid that this was Jon’s opinion about the Easter Bunny. But, as I read on, it turns out a friend of his had gotten this picture as a POSTCARD from a CHURCH as an INVITATION to their EASTER service. Hmmmm…as Jon pointed out, I really hope that the kids didn’t check the mail that day!
As a mom, I struggle with this concept as well. I mean, I would never wish ill-will to any four-legged friend (especially a bunny….because they are just so stinkin’ cute!!). However, how to integrate Jesus’ resurrection AND the Easter Bunny into one fun-filled holiday is a challenge. Especially when you have a precocious three-year old who has a lot of questions. Jayna and I had a little date yesterday afternoon.
We went to the playground and talked about Jesus. She asked me about his life, what he looked like and who he played with. We talked about how Easter is the celebration of Jesus going up to Heaven to live with God and how much he loves us. I told her that is the biggest reason we celebrate Easter, but that we honor Jesus’s life by celebrating all new life. Which would include all things spring….flowers blooming, baby animals, etc. We listed some baby animals, and she was able to make the connection between the baby chicks and eggs. So hopefully I did a good job at trying to integrate both Jesus and the Easter Bunny while still keeping the emphasis on Jesus. We’ll see, and I’m sure that with every year will come new questions!
But for now, Jayna knows how much Jesus loves her (which is the most important thing for her to know right now, I think) and we can continue to be Bunny Lovers in this house too!