The gravity of this week is weighing on me as a mom. What we do this week as a family to celebrate and reflect on Easter impacts my children, and their children, and their children. When I think of the importance of this celebration, I am overwhelmed. I don’t want to miss this opportunity. In preparation for this week, I read through the Easter story beginning with Palm Sunday (today, by the way) in each of the gospels. As I read, I was reminded of the power of God’s word to be new and fresh no matter how many times it’s read. So, how do I make this story new and fresh this Easter for my children and for myself? How do I communicate the gravity to my teenage sons?
Preparation. I look at Jesus and how He prepared for what he was about to do. He left out no detail. He was intentional about each and every moment. I think of the disciples being sent to the village to retrieve a specific colt for Jesus to ride into the city of Jerusalem. He anticipated what they would encounter and told them exactly what to say. He told them that if anyone were to question them, just tell them the Lord needs it and will send it back right away. Jesus knew every possible situation and every need, and He met it. Nothing in that week was a surprise to him. Watching His every move through the scriptures shows me how He put care and love into each moment. He prepared Himself, He prepared His disciples, and He even thought to prepare us through His actions and words. He taught intentionally, He loved intentionally, and He served intentionally.
Jesus entered Jerusalem to cheers and shouts of Hosanna! People laid palm branches along the road. Some even threw down their cloaks. They threw down everything they had to prepare the way for The Christ. Today, on Palm Sunday, what if we laid everything down to usher Him in? The King of Kings. He is prepared for whatever we lay at His feet. He is not surprised by anything we throw down. He will walk in over it and cover us with grace.
Tonight, my family will light the candle that represents Jesus as Rob suggested in his post on Thursday. We will read about His entry into Jerusalem, and then we will talk about what we need to throw down to prepare the way for our King as we enter this week of reflection and the ultimate celebration!
This week, I just want to be intentional. In the chaos that is our life, I know it won’t be perfect. I know it may not go exactly as I intend. But I know that nothing will catch Jesus off guard. He will use whatever I lay down… for His glory.
Jennifer Daniel, Children's Ministry Director
Posted on Sun, April 13, 2014
by Jennifer Daniel filed under