Friday, April 6, 2007

Happy Good Friday!

Ok, that title sounds a little off, considering this is the day we observe as Jesus' crucifixion. "Happy Crucifixion Day"?! Maybe "Happy Jesus-Made-Atonement-For-Our-Sins Day" sounds a little better. Ah, forget it. "Happy Early Easter!"

Anyhow, now that I have a child that is teachable about these traditions, I've been trying to think of ways to teach Charlie about what the significance of this day/week. But I can't think of much. Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, all of the kids in "Bible Class" at church went on a little fieldtrip outside. They sang praise songs. It was so fun to watch all these precious kids singing "Hosanna, Jesus is my King!" Charlie sang it a lot that day. They explained how the people waved the palm branches to show that they believed Jesus was their King, and said "Hosanna," which means "Save me!" A boy rode by on a donkey and the kids waved their branches. Then each kid was allowed to pet the donkey. Charlie made everyone laugh with his own donkey noises. It was cute!

The cool thing I learned later in the sermon (in big church), is that there will be a reenactment of this in Heaven, where all the people who have been saved will wave their palm branches for The King of Kings. [Revelation 7:9-12: After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"] The people didn't say "Hosanna" anymore, because their King had already saved them. I guess Charlie's a little young to understand this part, but someday...

But other than that, I haven't figured out what else to teach Charlie. Is a 3 year old too young to be taught about the cross, and death? Does anyone have any ideas, or suggestions of what you've done with your own kids at this age?

The one thing we did do this year was dye Easter eggs. I know these have nothing to do with the Christian story, but it was fun for Charlie...and for me! I felt like a kid again. ;) And then we had an easter egg hunt. We haven't let Chance see them yet, for fear he'll break or eat them before the big family hunt on Sunday.

Getting Ready for Easter

And on a random note: If you're in the mood for Christian things, watch the movie "The Nativity Story." I was afraid it'd be another Hollywoodized version of the story, but it was very well done. While there was some filling in between the lines, it did a good job of staying true to the Biblical account. And surprisingly, it was also dramatized very well. (Usually if it's accurate, it's cheesy acting) It's definitely a must-see, now out on dvd. I'd say it's worth owning.

However, also let me hopefully save you the waste of money when it comes to "The Pursuit of Happyness." While Will Smith and his son did an incredible job of acting, the plot lacked substance. It glorified the main character, and it glorified wealth as being what makes you happy. You see the guy work hard, and it pays off. End of story. It lacked much of a moral and wasn't worth being rented in my opinion.

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