Easter Egg Hunts In August!
It may seem odd to some but retailers and media outlets have been advertising Christmas in July sales or television programming for years; so why not celebrate the greatest miracle of all in August? AND… what a fun way to remind us all that the awesomeness of Christ’s suffering, crucifixion, and GLORIOUS RESURRECTION for each and every one of us who truly believe should be celebrated each and every day of the year. And what a better message to send to our youth who might think that Easter is all about gorging themselves on jelly beans, Peeps, peanut butter eggs (YUMMMMM) or even those unmentionable creme eggs (not so yumm).
One of our final outings in the park for the summer began with our usual feast of hot dogs and assorted goodies. We were introduced to a wonderful device that would be more fun to experience first hand… AIRZOOKA! A real blast of hot air.
Our celebration of new life rising from death began with a traditional colored egg hunt. Plastic candy-filled eggs were scattered around the park which the children quickly gathered. Seriously, I think it took less than five minutes for the energetic little ones to hunt them all down. Or I assume they were all hunted down… if anyone finds an egg on the ground in the park…. DON’T BE ALARMED! IT IS PERFECTLY SAFE! Definitely took longer to scatter than to find. Left over candy was tossed all over for more frantic gathering. If memory serves, there is some significance to this egg hunting business. Let me see if I can find it. WOW! here’s a new one one me! The custom of coloring eggs was probably began in the 13th Century. Eating eggs (as well as meat) was forbidden during the Lenten season. At the end of the time of penance, people painted and decorated the eggs before eating them. The whole egg theme personifies the idea that Jesus created life by dying on the cross. He created life eternal for all!
After the merriment of the hunt concluded, we formed our traditional circle(?) and the children read passages from scripture that told the Passion story. From Christ’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to his betrayal and death and finally to the GLORY OF THE RESURRECTION! Only part of the Greatest Story Ever Told but what a part. And many of us were treated to an unexpected visit from our dear friend CATHY DUKES!
- “Most of the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.” (Matthew 21:8)
- “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, ‘How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?’ And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.” (Matthew 26:14-15)
- “As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God’s blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘Take it and eat it for this is my body.”‘ (Matthew 26:26)
- “Peter declared, ‘Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.’ ‘Peter,’ Jesus replied, ‘the truth is, this very night before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” (Matthew 26:33-34)
- “He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying,’My father! If it is your possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39)
- “The soldiers made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they put a royal purple robe on him.” (John 19:2)
- “Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross.” (Mark 15:24a)
- “They gambled for his clothes, throwing dice to decide who would get them.” (Mark 15:24b)
- “Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long linen cloth. He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled out a great stone across the entrance as he left.” (Matthew 21:59-60)
- “He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.” (Matthew 28:6)
May all of us who truly believe find it in our hearts to remember the sacrifice God’s only son made so all of us could have everlasting life.
My God’s not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion
Roaring…. He’s roaring like a lion
I really must learn to bring a camera of some sort…. just in case 😀