Up from the grave

The best part of my Easter Sunday was rolling my kids in toilet paper.

Tonight we went round and round, draping the paper to create grave clothes. We imagined it was like Jesus in the tomb. Then, the kids burst forth, just as Jesus did early on the third day as He defeated death and the grave.

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Then, they proceeded to tear up the paper, throw it in the air and dance with delight.

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Jackson rolling in toilet paper

This has been an amazing, memorable week. As a family, we have focused on Jesus’ love, sacrifice and victory through daily activities. For instance, Saturday we made resurrection cookies, put them in the oven and sealed it tight with tape. Then this morning we cut the tape and tried the cookies, which were hollow inside.

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This morning, Jackson and Lauren unsealed the oven (tomb) to find the resurrection cookies

God has been close to us as we’ve drawn near to Him. We have truly felt our risen Savior’s love and presence!

At the cross

Amazing love, how can it be that you my King should die for me? Amazing love, I know it’s true, and it’s my joy to honor you.

Good Friday, our family was able to visualize and tangibly experience the sacrifice of Jesus for us.

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Lauren and Jackson with their carnations

Both Lauren and Jackson received white carnations as a gift. They symbolized the purity of Jesus that He was willing to exchange for our dark and sinful hearts. In His sacrifice to save us, He shed his blood on the cross. We squeezed drops of red food coloring into the water to remember Jesus’ great love for us, that He was willing to give everything, even His own life, for us. Over the next several days, the white carnations will begin to turn color. Already the edges have tinges of red.

Later that morning, my dad cut down a few small trees on our property, with Jackson observing, and together with Matt they made three large crosses. After digging holes, the kids helped to carry and set the crosses upright.

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Matt and the kids put up the crosses

The middle cross was last, and before we raised it, Jackson showed us where Jesus was nailed to the cross, on his hands and feet. Jackson then picked it up and set it straight.

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Jackson puts up the cross

We all sat down in front of the crosses and worshipped God. We prayed and thanked Jesus for giving His life for us. We sang praises to honor His great sacrifice.

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Jackson, Lauren and me at the foot of the cross

It was a moving experience, and we plan to leave up the crosses. That way every time we look out our windows or go out to play during the day, we will be reminded of Jesus’ amazing love and be compelled to honor Him in all we do.

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Three crosses