“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16
Good morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We just got another fresh coating of snow here in Minnesota and it is starting to feel like spring is never going to come! One holiday that always signals springtime for me is Easter. Today I want to share an Easter activity that my family will be doing this year. The idea is a spin off of a Lenten activity that my 1st grader came home from school with.
This year for Lent the first graders are taking part in a prayer activity. Each child picked an Easter egg out of a basket in their classroom. Inside the egg was a slip of paper with a classmate’s name on it. Over the next 40 days of Lent the kids will be each other’s prayer buddies. Remembering the person they picked every day in prayer. After Easter the kids will be exchanging the eggs that they decorate and fill with treats especially for their buddy.
I love this idea. Who doesn’t need the prayers of another? I know I always feel a little stronger and comforted when I know others are praying for me. There is so much power in prayer! I decided we are going to do this in our family this year but are going to change it up just a little bit.
I remember growing up and going to my Grandma’s house every Easter for a feast. My favorite part was looking at the Easter egg tree that she had decorated. She had each grandchild’s name on an egg hanging from the tree and inside would be a little bit of money and a piece of chocolate. It was never anything grand but it was just enough to know that she loved each one of us.
This year, my family will combine the 2 above ideas. We each will put our own name inside and egg and fill it with goodies for another and hang it on a tree (aka – branches in a vase). On Easter Sunday we will each pick one egg off the tree. We will enjoy our treats and will receive the name of a family member. Until next Easter, we will be that persons prayer warrior! We will remember this particular person in our daily prayers and will try to go out of our way to do acts of kindness for them. It may be as simple as a compliment, sharing a treat or an extra prayer. It doesn’t take much to let that person know they are loved and needed. I am excited to try this activity with my family this year as I am hoping it will make our home a little more caring and prayerful. I already feel stronger knowing that my spouse or one of my children will be going out of their way to pray for me.
What are your favorite Easter traditions? Please share!
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