I was looking for a book to explain the true meaning of Easter to Caroline and I found this book by the same author of our favorite Christmas book, What is Christmas? both written by Michelle Medlock Adams. What is Easter? just spoke to my heart, and though it is much easier for a preschooler/toddler to understand the meaning of Christmas than it is to understand the meaning of Easter, I love that this one doesn't skirt around the truth. It lets children know that it's fun to buy new clothes, have candy and hunt eggs, but that the true meaning of Easter is Jesus. Exactly what I want my little girl to have instilled in her heart... the earlier the better!
"The little bunny hops, hops, hops.
Is this what Easter means?
Is it about the Easter eggs
All filled with jellybeans?
Is Easter about hunting eggs?
I do that every year.
Does it mean eating chocolate stuff?
I ate my bunny's ear.
Is it about the baby chicks?
They're fuzzy, and they're fun!
I saw some Easter chicks for sale.
I really wanted one.
Is it about the Easter toys?
They're really fun, I think.
One time a bunny came to me.
His little nose was pink.
Is it about my brand-new dress?
And my new Easter hat?
Does it mean wearing shiny shoes?
I really do love that!
Is it about a big parade
With lots of pretty floats?
Is it about the Easter choir?
They sing the highest notes!
No! That's not what Easter means.
Easter means much more than that.
It's all about God's son.
See, God sent Jesus down to earth
To die for everyone.
He had to die upon a tree
To save us from our sin.
But he was only dead three days,
And then he rose again.
Now, that's what Easter really means!
It's quite a special day.
Jesus our Savior rose again.
Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!
Today, he sits right next to God
In Heaven up above.
He wants to live inside you too
And fill you up with love!
Okay, now I get it.
The Easter Bunny is okay,
And Easter eggs are fun.
But Easter's not about that stuff...
It's all about God's son."
Isn't that just great? If you like that one, you must check out What is Christmas? as well.
Here is me and my beautiful family on our Easter day 2009! :-)
Praise be to God! He is RISEN!!! Hope everyone had a blessed day!