What’s the deal with the Easter Bunny? Where did that idea come from? And how is it that the practice of dyeing eggs and having egg hunts has so infiltrated our culture that even churches do it? I know that churches do Easter egg hunts as an outreach (or at least I assume so), but are we just confusing those who come to these events by aligning Easter with Christ and the Easter Bunny? Growing up my family did all of that stuff, but I don’t know that I want to celebrate Easter in that way with my kids. I’ve been thinking about that and Santa Claus, and I was wondering what you guys think. Can you celebrate Christmas and Easter in a way that honors God while including Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny? For those of you who have parents and are believers, how do you navigate this issue?
I’m sleepy. It’s been a long but lovely day. I could go to sleep right now, but I’m waiting on some clothes to dry. I saved $6.75 by taking my laundry home. Woohoo!
To close, one of my favorite Old Testament passages concerning the coming Messiah:
1 Who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before her shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
And who can speak of his descendants?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
11 After the suffering of his soul,
he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.