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Children and Easter

One Easter morning, the minister gathered the children of the church in the front of the sanctuary for the weekly children’s story. He began with a thematically appropriate question.

“Children, today is Easter Sunday. What do we celebrate on Easter?”

One girl spoke up quickly: “We remember our mothers and how much we love them.”

“No, that’s not quite right,” the minister replied. “You’re thinking of Mother’s Day.”

Then, an eager boy took a shot: “Easter is a time when we say ‘thank you’ to God for all the good gifts he gives us from the fields and orchards and supermarkets

“It’s always good to give thanks to God, but you’re thinking of Harvest Thanksgiving, not Easter. Children, what is the meaning of Easter?”

After a few seconds of awkward silence, another girl in a fancy Easter dress gave it a try. “Easter,” she said tentatively, “is the day when we remember that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Then he was buried in the tomb. On Easter morning, God rolled the stone away and Jesus came out of the tomb.”

“Excellent,” cried the relieved minister.

“And then,” the girl continued, “Jesus looked and saw his shadow, so he went back into the tomb and there were six more weeks of winter!”

 

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St Peter interviews three new arrivals

The story is told about Peter interviewing three new arrivals in heaven.

Peter, you see, was deeply concerned about religious literacy and he had become convinced that Christians were arriving with little or no knowledge of their faith. Turning to the first of the three new arrivals, he asked, “What does Christmas mean to you?”

The new arrival responded, “Santa comes down the chimney and leaves gifts. We have a big family dinner and we all have fun.”

Disappointed, Peter turned to the second arrival, “What can you tell me about Easter?”

“Oh, that’s easy,” the second arrival responded, “the Easter bunny hides eggs, we have a big family dinner and everyone has fun.”

Now, convinced that things were really very bad, Peter turned to the third arrival and said, “Can you tell me anything more about Easter?”

To which the third arrival responded, “It’s the day that we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.”

“Go on,” Peter said, suddenly encouraged.

Eagerly the new arrival added, “And when Jesus comes out of the tomb, if he sees his shadow, we have three more weeks of basketball.”

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