I’ve done a lot of reflecting in the past few weeks. Just pondering, really. I used to plan little projects for our kids to do to remind them of what Easter and the time leading up to it means. I would start this in the couple of weeks before Easter so we would have time to do several things, talk about them, think about them, and not hurry through it all without taking time to glean all God wanted us to understand from it.
You’ve probably done the little tomb in a pie tin with your kids. They each had their own pie tin, emptied tissue roll, some potting soil, some red-flowered plants or seeds, some small rocks, and one flat rock to cover one end of the tube. We put some soil in the tin, laid the tissue roll across the middle, then planted the flowers over the little hill of soil. We then put the little rocks to cover any little bald places on the soil. Then they put their flat stones over the “tomb” opening.
I still find myself wanting to make one of these myself though our kids are grown. This Palm Sunday weekend I find myself wanting to do something I heard about this year. We won’t be able to celebrate Easter with family and friends this year because of this worldwide virus called COVID19, but we can still celebrate. Some people are putting red ribbon on their doorposts like the Jews put lamb’s blood to symbolize the same. The blood has long been the symbol of the sacrificial Lamb that would one day give up his lifeblood for our souls. It also symbolizes the covering of Jesus’ blood is the only thing that can save us from the end results of sin. He did it so we could have new life in Heaven with Him.
I plan to put red ribbons on our doorposts and us talk about what it means and reflect on that. The next week I’ll make a “Tomb in a Pie Tin” with what I have around here, and we’ll talk about it and absorb again as much as we can comprehend the depth in all of this Easter season. I may just look up all the times new, life, blood, or lamb are in the Bible and the context of those scriptures. I want a deeper understanding of New Life. Without New Life, I can’t imagine any hope; but with New Life there is all Hope.
Have a very blessed Easter week.