Saturday, April 3, 2010

What Does Easter Mean to a 2 Year Old?

I was raised a charismatic Christian. I grew up with the knowledge that the Easter bunny was a secular distraction from the reality of the true meaning of what Easter actually stands for, Christ's sacrifice; his death and resurrection, plain and simple. So when I had my own child, I wanted to make sure that he understood...during this very confusing time of eggs and bunnies, that a very special thing happened. We still hunt eggs, take pictures go to festivals and give baskets, but this year I thought that he might be able to understand a little more of what Easter means. I got out his Beginner's Bible and I read the section about the betrayal, crucifixion and resurrection. We talked about it and then we thanked Jesus for his love for us. This was Thursday because Josh was going out of town and we did our little family celebration early...so tonight before going to bed I asked him what Easter means...he told me, "it's about God, and Jesus dying on the cross", I said and what else...he said, "and then, Jesus rose!". My heart about pounded out of my chest!! I couldn't believe that my 2 year old comprehended something so profound, and not only that but something that was read and explained 2 days prior! Tears welled up in my eyes as we wrapped up our time together and headed off to bed. There really are no words for how proud I am of my son tonight!! I believe there are mighty things in store for our Gabriel, which by the way, means "hero of God"!

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