At All Times-Psalm 34:1

March 4, 2010

Easter in our Home: Preparing for Resurrection Sunday

Today, March 4, marks one month until Easter. While Catholics are busy preparing through the practice of Lent, most Protestant homes probably couldn’t even tell you what day it falls on this year without looking at a calendar. This year, my husband and I have been considering ways to make the observation of our Lord’s death and celebration of His resurrection a meaningful time in our home. We desire to do this for both ourselves and our children. In this post I’d like to share with you our intentions for our family, as well as a few resources of others’ ideas you might try.

Family Devotions & Lenten Lights

In our family worship time we recently started reading through the Gospel of Mark. We are trying to time it so that we will arrive at the events of Jesus’ death and resurrection around the same time as Easter. We will allow the story to unfold that week. As we read the events the week preceding Easter, we may decide to use Lenten lights/candles in our home (these can also be used for the seven weeks preceding Easter or the seven days preceding Easter).  To see more about this idea, check out this article.

Observation of Christ’s Death on Good Friday

Although it may take several years of practicing this to determine what it looks like, we are going to attempt to set aside Good Friday and the Saturday before Easter as solemn days of rest and reflection in our home. Check out the following passages of Scripture to see how God ordained certain special days for the Jews to observe rest and recognize that it was God who sanctified them: Leviticus 16:29-31, 23: 3-8 and 26-32.

First, our intentions…

  • To reflect on the sacrificial death of Christ and its implications to us as believers
  • To rest in the knowledge that it is through Christ’s work that we are sanctified and not through any kind of work we can do on our own
  • To allow the weightiness and seriousness of this to penetrate our hearts in a deep and lasting way

Second, our method (which is still being discussed)

  • Staying home
  • Planning in advance to do minimal chores, cooking, cleaning
  • Avoiding projects, activities, or having company
  • Keeping things quiet (shutting off televisions, music, maybe even the computer?)
  • Having a time of singing songs that reflect on Christ’s death
  • Potentially fasting (I’m nursing so I’ll pass this year)

Again, we are not sure how to do this or what it will look like with the children in our home. But we do believe it is worth our best efforts.

Celebrating the Resurrection

Any important celebration is accompanied by good food and fellowship! These will be a key part of our day as well as Sunday morning attendance to celebrate through song and the preaching of the Word.

I would love for others to post comments, thoughts, and traditions of their own related to this topic. And below are a few more references:

Nancy Guthrie’s collection of Easter sermons and devotions

Activities and preparations for adults and youth
(includes evangelistic ideas, scripture to memorize, ect.)

Several years since writing this I can now add my families EASTER BANNER to the list of references!

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2 Comments »

  1. […] I’ve been struggling with what to do about Easter for some time. My first attempt and tradition is a personal one that my husband is not able to take advantage of with me because he has to work. It is keeping a “Sabbath” of rest on Good Friday. You can read about my first attempt here. […]

    Pingback by What to do with Easter? « At All Times-Psalm 34:1 — January 15, 2012 @ 3:07 pm |Reply

  2. […] I’ve been struggling with what to do about Easter for some time. My first attempt and tradition is a personal one that my husband is not able to take advantage of with me because he has to work. It is keeping a “Sabbath” of rest on Good Friday. You can read about my first attempt here. […]

    Pingback by What to do with Easter? | heart FELT truths — January 15, 2012 @ 3:11 pm |Reply


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