This week has been very exciting for us because it is the first Easter we have implemented the Easter Box and Passion Week Candles.  I remember hearing about the Cordell’s Easter Box a few years ago (read Dana’s post below) and thinking that was such a creative and purposeful idea. 
Before I go on, I want to encourage us all to learn from other families who have traditions already in place.  It is okay to duplicate someone’s idea. If their idea works for you then use it!  The point is that whatever you do, it should cause you and your family to fall more in love with Jesus. May we seek humility in this area and not feel as though we have to come up with something out of thin air to call our own for fear of not being the most creative person on the block.  So, be a copycat if it will help you to treasure Christ!
So, I confess!!!  I’m a copycat!!!  But I have a few things to add…
Our neighborhood is always active with children.  It’s either active with children playing basketball in the cul-de-sac, or a few of them in particular enjoy playing inside our home with Nathan.  On the second night of our Easter celebration the kids were still playing inside, so they joined us for our Family Worship time.  We laid out a blanket for the kids to sit on and they attentively watched and listened as we lit our 6 candles (one of them was not lit) and read John 8:12 about Jesus being the light of the world.  We explained that we would blow out one candle each day to represent sin overshadowing the light and it being another day closer to celebrating Jesus’ death, but that Jesus would not stay dead, He would indeed rise and we would light all of the candles again on Easter Sunday!  For it is in his resurrection that we have hope. 
We had a lot of great questions from the kids like, “Why did Jesus have to die?” and “What is sin?”  What an opportunity!  We thoroughly enjoyed shepherding these kids and answering their questions that we pray will one day soon help to change their heart’s disposition toward their Creator.  We sang some songs, but did not get to the Easter Box before the kids had to go home for the evening.  The next day they came back requesting to take part in Family Worship.  What a blessing and encouragement to us.  We’re so thankful that God has helped us to be diligent in planning for Easter this year.  It is because of our obedience to accomplish a few simple “Easter planning” tasks this year that we have been able to share Jesus with the neighborhood kids.
So, may God lavish grace on you as you vision for and carry out any type of family tradition.  And… be on the lookout for those who are hungry and thirsty for the One who will satisfy, and invite them to be a part of your family traditions this year.  It will bless them and give you an overwhelming amount of joy! 

~ julie

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