Spring break, hope & Easter

It’s been a while since I’ve written a “Sunday post,” so I thought I’d share some of my plans for this upcoming week. I love the timing of our spring break this year that allows my kids to be home and with our family the week before Easter.

I adore Easter. First of all, I love spring and the magical refreshing that takes place all around us. I love the secular traditions of Easter — dying eggs, hiding baskets and making giant gingerbread bunny cookies. I love getting my children new “church” clothes as we call them — it’s a time each year when I make sure the boys have dress socks and belts that fit them and a new white shirt. And, now that I have Addie, the dressing thing is beyond FUN!

I also love the spiritual significance of Easter, as we pause to recognize the atonement, death and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

I found this YouTube clip that is exactly the message I want to bring home for my kids this week …

I have hope in this very uncertain world and hope as a mother because I faith in my Savior.

I’ve prepared a little basket of plastic eggs to take on our spring break and my hope is that each morning, we’ll open one of the eggs and read the scripture verses inside. Several of these are scriptures are from the New Testament, recording the events immediately following the death of  Jesus Christ …

Matthew 28:1–20

Mark 15: 42-47 and 16:1-20

Luke 23:50-56 and 24:1-53
note: this is my favorite account because of verse 5 and because Luke tells what happened on the road to Emmaus.

John 19:38-42 and 21:1-25

One egg also has this quote, from a talk by Gordon B. Hinckley (a former prophet.) It is the last line that makes it memorable for me.

“Now, the next thing of which I am certain, and of which I bear witness, is the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without it life is meaningless. It is the keystone in the arch of our existence. It affirms that we lived before we were born in mortality. Mortality is but a stepping-stone to a more glorious existence in the future. The sorrow of death is softened with the promise of the Resurrection. There would be no Christmas if there were no Easter.”

That is pretty much what I want to teach my children–that we would have no need to celebrate the birth of Jesus with gifts (etc.) if He hadn’t completed His earthly mission of laying down and taking up His life again.

I know there are many traditions that surround the Easter holiday — both secular and spiritualI’d love to hear about yours.


Comments

  1. I do the little Easter basket, but I’m so avoiding the getting gifts and toys. I hate that the advertising agencies and companies are trying to turn Easter into another Christmas shopping nightmare. It won’t happen at my house!

  2. It is traditional for our family to get together for Easter. My Mom, my brothers and their families and myself, hubby and kids. We used to go out for brunch after church, but Easter brunch has gotten so crazy everywhere and so expensive that several years ago we just said “no more” now we gather at either my home or my one brother’s home, as we are the only ones with a big enough house. This year will be much smaller than usual, as my SIL has a brother that will be hosting their family. But we will still have some of the family here at my home for dinner and it will be a beautiful day!

    • Kristie,
      It’s hard to see our world change and become so materialistic — I love that you are doing the Easter brunch in family homes. I always think, “this is so much work” but then I know (as I clean up) that it has been such a good thing and worth the effort.

      Happy Easter!

  3. Amen!

  4. ahhhhh – love this post! and so thankful you reminded me about the Easter Scripture eggs. I may very well have forgotten to get mine out this year. Thanks!

  5. Great video clip.
    I look forward to Easter for many of those same reasons.
    Enjoy your spring break!

  6. Easter for me – although public holidays on Friday and Monday and the schools are off on a two week break – is all about commemerating the death and resurrecton of Jesus. I attend as many services as i can. We begin on Holy Thursday eveening when we re-enact the Last Supper. Good Friday we do a community “Walk of the Cross” – several kilometres with a large cross. This is an event shared by different denominations of Christians and is very moving. Everyone takes a turn carrying the cross and we sing and stop for scripture readings. Friday afternoon is the Passion Service – very very solemn and moving. And then we wait for the joyous Resurrection (either a vigil ceremony on Sat. night or on Sunday morning) I love Easter way more than Christmas – if that is at all possible. I was thrilled yesterday when my 11 year old DD expressed her shock that there would be a rugby game played on Good Friday (we live in rugby mad NZ) Was so thrilled that she “gets” the significance of Good Friday and that it is not a day for fun (with a capital F)

    • Carmel,
      I have always admired the very symbolic traditions and rituals of the Catholic church — and you are right, it is such a wonderful thing when children grasp the spiritual significance of these special and important occasions.

      Happy Easter!

  7. bea medwecky says:

    On Holy Saturday, the four of us join my sister-in-law’s family and go and bless baskets at St. Nicholas church. This is a Ukranian tradition. What I especially look forward to is taking pictures in front of the church. We have done this since 1984. Every year we stand in front of the same mosaic outside the church. I have made a scrapbook of these posed pictures. It is awesome to see how the kids have grown, how many years we wear winter coats instead of spring coats, etc.

  8. Such a powerful message, and one I definitely needed to hear today! Thank you! We can never be reminded enough about the power of Hope and Grace provided only by our Savior.
    Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter.

  9. I love Easter for so many of the same reasons you do. Because I sing in our choir at church, Holy Week (the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) is particularly special to me because I get to sing some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, triumphant, and hopeful music of the church year. It’s easy to get exhausted by all the services we must attend this week, but I find it seriously grounding, and, since my husband and kids will not be able to make it to all the services I have to attend to sing at, I also look forward to the alone-time in the car, driving to and from church (45 min each way) as my own, quiet meditation time. This year, at our Easter Vigil on Saturday night, my 1-yr-old is finally getting baptized. My family will be surrounded by so many people we love for this special event, including my parents and my daughter’s godparents and their own 4 children. That they would all travel here to celebrate her baptism and the Lord’s resurrection with us is so meaningful to me.

    • Margaret,
      Thank you so much for sharing this with me. You have an exciting and memorable week ahead. I love church choirs and have always felt very grateful for the time and commitment that choir members put into their performances — music is such an uplift!

  10. I love President U. Just hearing his voice brings tears to my eyes. What a great message of hope. I think we’re going to watch this for FHE tonight.

    One of my favorite parts of Easter is the renewing of the Earth with grass and flowers and baby birds. It is such a great reminder of the resurrection.

  11. Thanks for posting that clip, Stacy. I needed to hear it this morning!

  12. I get the boys a usually something “springy” (bubbles, jump ropes) and I try to find something christian (like a book or cd or dvd). I LOVE your idea of scriptures in eggs – I am going to copy this! Thanks!

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