Today we celebrate the day that Jesus took all the wrath our sins deserve on Himself as He died on the cross in our place. What glorious grace!
We are celebrating with these hymns:
Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed
Jesus Paid It All
Nothing But the Blood
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
I love these ideas from Doorposts:
- Look for a recipe online, and make hot cross buns together, or braid a batch of bread dough into a wreath, and then poke toothpicks at all angles into it to form acrown of thorns for an edible centerpiece at your table.
- Darken the house on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Turn off or dim most of the lights and put a black tablecloth on the table. Have your children help remove any flowers or plants, and decorate with bare branches or stones instead. Leave the house dark on Saturday, and before everyone gets up on Sunday morning, redecorate with candles, plants, a bright tablecloth, and an Easter lily or other flowers.
- Use this great idea from Mustard Seeds. With a permanent marker, make a red mark on the top part of each family member’s hands to remind each of you of the nail wounds Jesus endured on the cross to save us. Use a fine-tip black marker to write each person’s name across their red “wound”. What a visual reminder of the fact that Jesus died for each of us! Don’t be afraid to tell your children that Jesus suffered for them!
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
by Robert Frost
illustrated by Susan Jeffers
The Legend of the Candy Cane
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
by Julie Stiegemeyer
The Secret of St. Nicholas
by Ellen Nibali
A New Coat for Anna
by Harriet Ziefert
This classic tale of redemption needs no explanation. I highly recommend it for big kids.
The Little Fir Tree
by Margaret Wise Brown
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
by Susan Woiciechowski
When a widow asks the town hermit to carve a nativity set for her son, a new friendship is slowly formed and a man gets a reminder of joy. We always follow up the book with the movie. Love both.
Christmas in the Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown
One Wintry Night
by Ruth Bell Graham
This is the Star
by Joyce Dunbar
by Patricia Polacco
I love Patricia Polacco and she outdid herself with this surprising sweet tale. The first time I read it, the kids were all begging me to read on! Now, it's a family favorite. We all just love the ending.
What an awesome Creator we serve! Even the flowers bring Him praise.
With so many Christians feeling forced to vote for the lesser of two pro-choice candidates, I thought this was very thought-provoking.