Would we do Lent again next year?

  Yes, I would… in the sense that I would do something to prepare my heart and the heart of my children for the most important celebration on a Christian’s calendar – Resurrection Sunday.  It is in this sense that I am using the word Lent here.  I don’t need to call it Lent, although […]

Saturday of Passion week

The tomb Jesus was laid in was sealed on Saturday by a nervous group of religious leaders.  Guards were placed by the large stone…just in case someone got the idea to steal the body.  That would make it look like Jesus had actually risen from the dead as he had said he would.  They didn’t […]

Good Friday…seems like the darkness has won

I should be thinking about Jesus’ life and death every day, not just on Good Friday or Lent or Easter or Christmas, this is true. But I get lost in my daily life and forget often.  I confess that many days I do my routines without prayer or Jesus’ Words in my ears…my humanness comes […]

Thursday – Passover feast

Lambs are just as cute as bunnies and chicks! Last year we “rented” baby chicks for 2 weeks around Easter and within the first few days my kids were in love with them.  Needless to say, there were tears when we had to bring them back to the farm.  So what if there was a […]

Wednesday of Passion Week

What was happening Wednesday before the crucifixion? The story we read today was the one about Judas agreeing to betray Jesus and walking off with a bag of money in hand…what a great friend.  And what did the kids want to do with the story today?  You guessed it…a play!  We’re stuck on this track, […]

Tuesday of the Passion Week

No special foods today.  Jesus teaches a lot today and there are so many bits that could be focused on as the kids get older, especially in the Olivet Discourse.  But today the story of the Widow’s Mite is played out in our minds.  My daughter is confident she knows how it goes and promptly […]

Monday of the Passion Week

After an emotional entrance to Jerusalem yesterday, Jesus stayed at his friends house in Bethany.  Remember Mary, Martha and Lazarus?  Yes, the Lazarus who was raised from the dead possibly even days ago! This is who Jesus stayed with.  And now it’s the morning – Monday.  Jesus and the disciples head out back towards Jerusalem […]

Palm Sunday

Remember those date balls that mom used to make…and rave over?  They weren’t my favorite.  But it turns out that dates were a favorite sugary treat in the lands Jesus walked.  The palms that they grew on were plentiful in that area but the dates themselves took a long time to ripen.  This made dates […]

Can a house tell stories about the Death and Resurrection of Jesus?

Oh, yes!  Pictures and objects come alive in the mind of a child.  The colors wave as we tie them to the doorposts.  The objects on the shelves and walls and windows have meaning. See, touch, hear what God has said. This year, although I put a lot of thought into what I put up, […]

5th Sunday of Lent

Last week, 4 candles were lit and one was snuffed out.  This week 3 candles were lit and now there are only 2.  “It’s getting darker,” we say, and truly I do feel the darkness crowding in sometimes.  Daily we hear stories of the crushed and broken.  I can’t go through a day without feeling […]