A different kind of Easter in the middle of a pandemic

This is not how any of us imagined Easter would look. Because I am the Director of Family Ministry at my church, Easter is usually one of the busiest times of the year for me. There’s the Sunday morning Easter egg hunt. Invitations are prepared and delivered. Over a thousand eggs are assembled and counted….

The king is in charge

It was a very hard time for Jewish people. The Roman government ruled the land, and Romans were cruel to the Jews. Romans forced them to work unreasonably hard, took their money, and dishonored their God. The festival called Passover was beginning, and Jews from all over the area gathered in Jerusalem. On that day…

Dear Easter Bunny, Is your real name Shirley?

Because our daughters had a lot of questions about the Easter Bunny, they went straight to the source for some answers. One year they wrote a letter and left it on our coffee table the night before Easter, hoping the Easter Bunny would reply. Just in case you wonder these things, too, here are the…

Holy week in pictures

The week leading up to Easter is a special time in the Christian church called Holy Week. We remember the events preceding and surrounding Jesus’ death. It is a week filled with excitement, danger, and sadness, but it is mostly about love. In order to experience the joy of Easter, it is necessary to understand…

Show the beautiful side.

I’ve had this artwork for a few years now, but I’m not getting much enjoyment out of looking at it. It’s kind of boring, actually. I mean, the brown edges are nice, and there’s even a little silver detail on the top, but, to be honest, I would like this picture better if it had…

Smudge of ashes and renewal

Ashes could be considered worthless and insignificant and look like lifeless dust. They may represent the end of something– or even death– but ashes can help us understand more about our relationship with God. Ashes were once something else. Some were trees, flowers, palm branches or crops, but fire changed them into ashes and now…

Lent, lent, lint?

What is Lent? When does it start? How long does it last? Do I have to give something up? Why do we use the color purple? Of course you know the seasons of the year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The church has seasons, too, and one of the church seasons is called Lent. After…