Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Preparing Little Ones for Easter

How do you prepare little hearts for Easter? How do you introduce youth to death? How do you place focus where it belongs, on bleeding Savior, when eggs and bunnies and candy clutter the scene??

Today we made a Lenten Garden. Little hearts learn best when using little hands. We will get our hands dirty- which is why we need a Savior in the first place. And build a garden- where our story began (in a garden with a man, a woman, a serpent and God). We will search for tree branches, and fashion a cross. Breaking wood, a broken body, breaking the heart of God- all in order to heal and restore us. We will shape tomb with our bare hands- creating space for Him to do His miracles.

Palm Sunday we will plant wheatgrass seed- Good Friday we will lay His body (looking more like a caterpillar) in the tomb- and Easter Sunday the tomb will be empty and the garden will be green and beautiful, with a butterfly to symbolize new life!

Four books that have helped us:























And for my own heart- Ann @aholyexperience is posting easter devotionals that always speak to my heart!

Want to find out how others are preparing their hearts for Easter? Check out Ann's blog:

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4 comments:

  1. yes! thanks so much for reminding me about the Easter garden. i remember wanting to (and never getting around to) do that last year! i'd love to see pictures after you get it done.

    blessings to you, megan

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  2. I've never heard of a Lenten Garden, but it sounds like a wonderful thing to do, not just for little ones, but for us big ones, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I'm glad you added the picture now. Such a meaningful activity that will be remembered by your kids (and you) and hopefully me! Thanking God for mothers like you who take the time to train little ones to love Him.

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  4. I really appreciate this post and your ideas. Your so creative!!! Thanks.

    Your friend,
    Tricia

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