Garden prayer and Seder fare

Out in the middle of the woods today, we spread a picnic blanket on the ground.

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Jackson, Papa and Lauren share snacks

As we ate snacks, we remembered what Jesus did before He was arrested. We looked around at the trees and imagined what the Garden of Gathsemene would have been like as Jesus spent His last moments pouring His heart out to His Father.

So, we also bowed our heads, and Jackson led us in prayer thanking God for Jesus dying on the cross.

Tonight, for the first time as a family, we celebrated Passover at our church’s Seder supper. What an amazing experience!

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Jackson ceremonially washes his hands at the Seder supper

Besides spilling three of the four cups of grape juice on the white table cloth, Jackson discovered that matzah is “pretty good.” He also enjoyed helping the other children find pieces of leavened bread in the fellowship hall to throw away.

What resonated with me most was that Jesus is the fulfillment of every element of each Passover tradition. Just as God delivered the Israelites from captivity in Egypt, Jesus severed the chains of sin wrapped around us through the victory He would complete on the cross the day after He shared this last meal with His disciples.

Lauren miraculously managed to stay in her seat the entire time and not make too much noise, thanks to huge quantities of goldfish crackers and Teddy Grahams, as well as Seder coloring sheers.

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Lauren colors while I search for snacks.

On the hunt

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Our backyard was the scene of an Easter egg hunt this afternoon

True treasure is worth the search.

This afternoon the kids worked hard to find Easter eggs hidden across our backyard. Jackson and Lauren scoured the grass and trees, helping each other gather the treasure.

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Lauren loved searching for the eggs

After all the eggs were discovered, there were a few more items in our scavenger hunt: a rock, two sticks, something black, something red, something white and something green.

We laid out all our finds on the porch and talked about what it meant.

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Jackson looks over all his scavenger hunt items

The stone represents the tomb, and the two sticks make the cross. Black is the color of sin that gunks up our heart. Red reminds us of the blood Jesus shed and white is how He cleaned our hearts. Green is Jesus beginning a new life within us and how He wants us to grow in our faith.

I’m praying this Easter that my children understand Jesus is the ultimate treasure, more precious than silver and costly than gold.