Easter Tree

“Jesus died on the cross because he loved me so, so much.”

This is what Jackson told me he would remember every time he looked at today’s Passion Week project.


Jackson and his Easter tree

This afternoon, Jackson and I made an Easter tree. With a tree branch I found in our brush pile out back, Jackson carefully planted his tree by scooping dirt into a bucket in the sink (which was supposed to be conducive for easy cleanup). Then we colored and cut out the letters J-E-S-U-S. Finally we made Easter egg ornaments and Jackson hung them on his tree.


Jackson had a great time hanging each ornament on his Easter tree

Though the kids and I talked about many ways our tree could teach us about Jesus, what resonated most in Jackson’s heart was that Jesus died on the cross because of His love for him, for Lauren, for me, and for “everyone in the whole world.”

What a wonderful world!

Jackson and I sat on the front porch today and viewed the countryside through a different lens.

Jackson examines the world from our front porch

While playing this afternoon, Jackson unearthed a telescope Granddad had given him for Christmas, and began looking out from my bedroom window upstairs. At first, he couldn’t see anything. It was too blurry and angled too high to catch anything but bright sky. So, I helped him set the telescope on a chest so it had firm footing and rotated the end to bring leaves of a far tree into focus.

Once he got the hang of it, he was able to pick up the telescope and see other backyard fixtures with precision. He loved every moment, discovering joy in the details. So, I suggested we go outside and see the world from the front stoop.

We looked with our own eyes at everything around us, and played games to name everything we could see. Looking both with the telescope and without, Jackson began to closely examine all that lived around him, from the grass and trees, to the flowers and different colored birds. After watching the work of a bee on a budding weed for quite awhile and explaining to me how the bee was taking the nectar to make food, he grabbed his telescope once again.

“Mommy,” he said, “What a wonderful world God has created!”

I looked at him, and my mouth and heart smiled. Indeed.

Tremble before him, all the earth!
   The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
   let them say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!”
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
   let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
Let the trees of the forest sing,
   let them sing for joy before the LORD,
   for he comes to judge the earth.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.
Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
   gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
   and glory in your praise.”
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the LORD.”

            – 1 Chronicles 16:30-36