I grew up in a Christian family, though at the time, my parents were Creasters — you know, they only attended church on Christmas and Easter.
I knew the real meaning of Easter, of course, and why we celebrate, but I didn’t really get it because we really didn’t talk about it. I never heard about Lent. I didn’t understand Palm Sunday or Holy Week, and rarely attended a Good Friday service.
The Bible stuff was left to Sunday school and pastors and the teachers at my Christian school. So the importance of Easter and how it should affect my daily life was lost on a little girl’s delight in bunnies and daffodils and the lamb dinner enjoyed on Sunday.
By God’s grace and the influence of my grandparents, Easter took on new importance as I grew older, and I began to understand the meaning of Holy Week and Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.
Today, Easter is still my favorite holiday — but not because of the bunnies and baskets but because of Jesus!
I’m writing over at For the Family today, sharing about the ONE thing your family needs to do this year before Easter.