He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee… Luke 24:6
I’m an Eastertime Girl
And I am here to say
When Jesus died for us
It was a very sad day
They nailed Him to the Cross
By His hands and His feet
The devil was convinced
That he had Jesus beat
But…on Easter day
It was proudly said
He’s Risen. He’s Risen
HE’S RISEN FROM THE DEAD!
I remember writing this little Easter speech so many years ago for my baby sister, Brittany. She was a sassy little girl. She did not just say it, she had hand motions and everything to go with each verse. I even tucked this little poem away and years later, my own Kadazia (who is now 21) recited it at an Easter program when she was about six years old too. I almost forgot…It was Eastertime Boy one year for my now 25 year son Darius. I wonder who will make me proud as they say it next. Hmmm…maybe my grandson, JaVar who is now 6. Let’s see what next year holds.
As I prepared to write today, I almost felt a need to rephrase and change the word “Easter” to “Resurrection” somehow. It just did not have the same ring to it. And then I remembered my writing from last week that spoke of how Jesus wants us to come to Him as little children.
Sometimes I think we can get so politically correct that we miss the real message and even real opportunities to share about the great Sacrifice and miracle of Christ’s resurrection.
Sometimes we have to do what we must to present messages in such a way that even our kiddos can get it…and even get excited about it.
In this simple little rhyme, Easter is not the highlight of the message, our risen Savior is. So if it takes giving a little boy or girl a catchy title for him or her to get it…then so be it.
Today…they show up excited about saying a poem in their Sunday’s best.
Tomorrow…they will witness and even preach the Gospel with boldness from a whole new perspective and level of understanding.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
As parents, Sunday School teachers, Youth Ministry leaders, etc., we are only assigned to plant seeds and nurture. God is well able to mature all that we invest in our children. And we must be confident in this very thing.
When it comes to celebrating our Savior, be it His birth, death, or resurrection…we do what we must to help our little ones grasp the meaning of such occasions. And in doing so, we take the time to explain the real meaning of these momentous events.
Now being the proud Mom of three kids ranging in age from 25 to 16, it is clear that even though they experienced Easter egg hunts, gotten Easter baskets with more sugar they can ingest, and even participated in Easter plays and said cutesy little speeches;
- they KNOW who Jesus is
- they are well AWARE of the sacrifice He made
- AND they are still, to this day, EXCITED that HE IS RISEN!
Lord, May I always remember Your great sacrifice and be able to teach about it, with simplicity, to others. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
ADDED SIDE NOTE: If you are visiting via Grace & Truth Link Up, the picture attached is that of my darling Sister Tai East. We established a little while back that we are long lost “twins in the Spirit” that met just a few months ago via Twitter. Though I did that accidentally, God is clearly confirming that He has woven us together. I just could not delete it and re-link…So there! Expect a blog about this in the future! HA! BE SURE TO READ HER BLOG THAT IS LINKED TOO (Can’t miss it…Same pic…lol)!!!
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