Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Your Easter stories

Think about Easters past. What scenes live in your mind? Good Friday church services? Easter Sunday church services?

What people come to mind? What churches? Houses? Smells and flavors? Perhaps you recall the fragrance of Easter lilies filling the church sanctuary, Grandma’s ham dinner, the taste of Easter eggs.

What colors come to mind? I think of Easter egg stain on fingertips, teeth, and tongue.

What sounds belong to Easters past? Maybe an Easter cantata, or Grandpa’s laughter when you arrived at his house.

How have Easter observations changed since you were a child?

What was your most unusual Easter? What was your saddest Easter? What was your happiest Easter?

In what places around the world have you celebrated Easter?

Did you ever have to skip celebrating Easter for some reason? Why?

What do you remember about learning the real meaning of Easter? How has your understanding of Easter changed over the years? How has your life changed as a result?

Write another chapter of your memoir!

Be sure to include relevant Bible passages and explain why they’re relevant. Consider adding sketches of your floor plan, neighborhood or town, photos of people and places, mementos, or part of a road map if you traveled out of town. Try to include addresses and dates of these events.

Reflect on what God was doing back then. What was He teaching you, and how long did it take you to figure it out? How was He changing you?

If you could go back and do it over again, what would you have done differently?

What advice would you give your young readers about Easter?

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