Maybe I’m Just a Tired, Worn Out Mom (an Easter Post)

by SomeGirl on March 30, 2010 · 8 comments

When I was teaching at a Church preschool we did this art activity where we took a piece of paper and titled it: “Easter is ___________” and the children were to dictate what Easter was to them and draw a picture (this was before I had children). So, the children dictated and drew the cutest things… eggs, bunnies, egg hunts, country clubs… and one little child drew a cross. It dawned on me that Easter can be pretty confusing for little ones… So, now that I have children, I’ve come up with a strategy to hopefully lessen the confusion… a split holiday format. I explain to my boys that we celebrate both Spring and the Resurrection of Christ at “Easter.”  Once or twice before Sunday we do all the fun Spring-like Easter things… bunnies, flowers, egg hunts, Easter baskets and we call that our “Spring Celebration.” And on Sunday I wake up asking everyone the question, “Have you heard the good news?” “Jesus is RISEN!” (got that from my sister-in-love). We eat breakfast together and practice answering back and forth “He is Risen!” “He is Risen, Indeed!!!” (one of my FAVORITE things to do at church on Easter). Then we load up and go to church. We call this “Resurrection Day.” I love the corporate worship and excitement of Resurrection Day. And I love how open people are to spiritual things at this time.

But, this year I’m just not into all the special spiritual activities of “Easter Week” (or maybe the real issue is I’m not interested in blogging about those activities). I think I know why… you see, since my oldest has grown older we’ve been talking about death and resurrection a lot more… he’s very curious about things. He lost his cousin who was  just 6 months older than him when he was almost 5 (she was nearly 5 1/2). I would venture to say monthly we  have some sort of discussion about Elesha, death and the fact that our bodies may die, but our souls will live forever with Christ (if we have believed and are saved). It’s not a scared or sad discussion, but more of a matter-of-fact, that’s-just-the-way-things-are kind of discussion. We talk about the fact that our souls (the part of us that think and love and feel emotion) will NEVER die, but will live forever with God because of what Christ did for us on the cross and because of His Resurrection. We celebrate Christ’s victory over death and Hades on a regular basis. “Resurrection Day” is continually on our lips, hearts and minds. I hadn’t really thought about it, but maybe we’ve been celebrating Easter all year long because of this, so the one day or week that the calendar tells us to have a spiritual celebration seems forced since we’ve been celebrating on a regular basis. And maybe that’s how God wants it to be… continually living in celebration of His  payment for our sins through His death on the cross, and His victory over death through His Resurrection… not just celebrating for one week or a day (not that there’s anything wrong with having a celebration… it’s great to have in addition). Or maybe I’m just a tired, worn out mom of a nearly-3-year-old who’s just off a bit this year. ;) But, it’s definitely something to think about…

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-6

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:5-6 NIV

(Funny enough, now that I’ve written this and posted it, I’m in much more of an “Easter” mindset. We had a great discussion this morning about the events of the week during Christ’s time and afterward my oldest exclaimed, “He is Risen!” What wonderful words!)

May you continually rejoice in the knowledge that HE IS RISEN!

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{ 8 comments }

Shell

That was beautiful! I love the fact that you are talking about it and celebrating it all year long. I think that is much more what God has in mind than a single “special” Easter service at church! Good job!

Some Girl

Thanks, Shell! Your comment is very encouraging… I was a little nervous about this post. :)

Gwen

I agree with you, it is an everyday thing. I love living next to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains because we see glorious sunrises and sunsets that can only be attributed to God’s handywork. I try to show the boys that God is all around us and we can be thankful for his goodness to us everyday. Our church handed out palms on Sunday, since it was Palm Sunday and that jumpstarted me into spiritual thinking this week. It wasn’t much, but it was a moment’s lesson to the boys that Jesus deserved the praise he received that day. Friday is going to be a little more difficult to explain. Thanks for your honesty and openness!

Some Girl

Isn’t it great to have those moment lessons and to be “jumpstarted” spiritually! It sounds like you have awesome opportunities to see God’s glory around you all the time… I pray your engine stays revved! :)

(And I’m going to comment on your post as soon as I get a chance… I’m so glad to be getting to know you!)

steph

It is awesome that you are so intentional with your conversations. I will do better because of you! Also this blog is so fun because it is so eclectic! You never know what your’re gonna find here!!!

Some Girl

Aw, thanks Steph! I was just thinking last night about how random my posts are… eclectic is a good word for my blog! I just might do a post about this… :)

And, btw, THANKS FOR COMMENTING!!!

Karen

Those are some good thoughts. And I am glad that you all talk about Elesha and the hope that we have because of the resurrection. I’m glad we’re not alone in that :).
I was thinking about this today at church. I was wondering to myself why it is that I don’t tell people the good news more often…just like I do Easter morning (thanks to Marietta Coleman). God, fill us with more wonder and awe that we will meet each morning like we do Easter morning, excited to share the good news, the only news that matters with everyone we connect with that day.

Some Girl

Yeah, Wednesday or Thursday I wrote “He is Risen!” on SomeGirlsWebsite’s FB page and thought, “oh… it’s not time to say that” which made me teary to think it’s not a normal thing to write or say, but is usually reserved for only “Easter Morning.” May we live as you prayed… thank you for that, I’ll be praying it with you!

(And thanks for commenting! I had a GREAT time talking with you yesterday!) ♥ Michelle

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