My husband has agreed to go to our early church service this Easter Sunday. He hasn't attended church with me for a couple of months now. That is in part due to some minor surgery he had earlier in the year, and a nasty cold a few weeks back. At least he is willing to celebrate with me one of the most important events on the Christian calendar: Resurrection Sunday! However, it was not always so.
I can remember getting our son ready for Sunday School and church services many times - not knowing if Daddy would be coming with us. I met the Lord Jesus in my mid-thirties, and our son was about 3 yrs. old in April of 1989. There were many Sundays when we would go to church alone. That was okay with me because I had met the King of Kings. I made a personal decision that I would make the effort to attend church services and introduce my child at a young age to Jesus Christ.
On some Easter Sundays we have a home-cooked meal with our parents and loved ones. Other times we attend church and go out for Brunch afterwards. Each year is different - especially now that our son is grown and living in another state.
While the little ones are still at home - it's fun making your own family traditions and special memories. When our son was young he attended a Christian grade school, and he often made crafts with an emphasis on Easter. They recited Scripture from the gospels and learned about Jesus and the resurrection. They sang songs centered around our risen Savior and the cross of Christ.
One year I made a "Resurrection Egg Basket". It consisted of a basket with brightly colored plastic eggs - each one containing a symbol of the life and death of Jesus. The eggs were numbered, starting with "1". They contained one or more tiny trinkets along with Bible verses. The object is to tell the Easter Story as you open the eggs and read the Scripture corresponding to each item. One egg had a miniature loaf of bread in it. One egg had a fish. One egg had a piece of purple velvet and a small twisted piece of vine with thorns. Another had a nail in it. I put a small silk Easter lilly in an egg. Another egg had a tiny cross, and one had a large stone. The last egg was empty. You can get creative and think of your own special touches. I used that Resurrection Easter Basket year after year - and he enjoyed opening the eggs and discovering the treasures each time!
Begin now by praying for your spouse to have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear" the true message of Easter. Here is an example to follow:
Dear Lord, I lift up my (husband/wife) to you now. I humbly ask that during this Resurrection season You would open the eyes of their heart that they may see who You truly are. Thank You Lord that whenever they turn to You, the veil will be taken away and they will behold Your majesty. Cause them to know the hope of Your calling and the riches of Your glory. Thank You Lord you will save them, not on the basis of their deeds, but according to Your mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit. Lord, Your Word declares that You will be found by those who do not seek You, and You will be manifest to those who do not ask for You. Thank You Lord that they will know Your love which surpasses all knowledge, that they may be filled up to all the fullness of God. We thank You Lord that You are not slack concerning Your promise... but are longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
(Ref: Colossians 1; Ephesians 1; Titus 3; Romans 10; Ephesians 3; II Peter 3)
Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.