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Tell Them
by Jennifer Kelly on April 3rd, 2015

It's Good Friday, and there is magic in the air.

This morning feels like waking up in a fairytale, crisp and cool and vividly clear. The birds are soaring over the lower parts of the heavens. They are alive and well, chirping and singing and dancing to the tune of remembrance. To the song of old. They can't help themselves; it is what they were created to do. It's been passed down from generation to generation.

And as I sit at my dark wooden table, with coffee and Bible at hand, MY-HEART-BEATS.
Like God is up to something and I'm close enough to feel it.

My daughters are like the birds. Rising early in the morning. Chirping and singing and dancing to their very own unique and vibrant tune. It is innate. Electric. Alive. And as a mom, I am mesmerized at their creativity and beauty. They can't help themselves; it is what they were created to do.

And then it hits me.
Tell them.

Tell them the extraordinary wonders and works of God. Ask them what Easter is about. Have them sit around the dark wooden table and share with them the story of old. The ancient story of Easter. Talk to them about Jesus.

These days go by so fast. I'm learning just how precious every, single, God-given opportunity it is to have and hold and tell our next generation about the story that matters. The story that changes everything. The story of grace and love and forgiveness and redemption. The story of God.

I love how our perspective of Easter is changing. I appreciate the moms that are ditching their 'New-Sunday-Best-Dresses' for what the Gospel message really means to the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized. I am so proud of the women that are leading the way in living out the Gospel message for the generations to come. Like birds, the next generation will be chirping and singing and dancing to the song of remembrance. The song of Jesus.

So no matter what your doing this holy weekend of remembrance and celebration - Tell them.
That IS the magic in the air.
Words float and impress and change people.
They always have... since the beginning of time.
Remember, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1; NKJV).
It's one of the oldest and grandest ways God (has) and (is) changing the world.

This is ONE of the few weeks that people flock to churches and steeples of all kinds, to hear the words of God. The words of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ring through the ages and into the ears of humanity like an orchestra. Like grace on strings all over the world.

So, have your children be a part of that. Sit down at an old wooden table, with coffee and Bible at hand, and tell them. Tell them while they are wide-eyed and innocent. Desperate to be loved and heard and embraced. Tell them about the "dark sayings of old" and the magic in the air.

Tell them about Jesus!
He is much better than a fairytale.
He is the greatest story ever told.


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6 Comments

Laurna Tallman - April 3rd, 2015 at 11:30 AM
It's a brutally hard tale for children. Not sure the photo of the little girl with the sparkly book captures the reality. My parents lost two children, one when I was seven and old enough to appreciate the loss of a beloved's death. I hated God until I was 11 years old for having deprived me of a brother I never knew and of a sister whose coming I had anticipated with great wonderment and joy. I was learning about the joys of motherhood in the brief month of her life at home. The reality of horrible mistakes by hospital staff seeped into my consciousness. The agony of seeing the waxen, doll-like body of the baby I had held lying motionless in the white satin coffin with the oval silver plate inscribed "Our Darling" infused bitter confusion into the beauty of the flowers. I never see baby's breath or pink rosebuds without thinking of Susan. I did give my life to the God I hated, but it was a long journey learning to trust Him. Take care how you tell the Easter story.
Jennifer - April 3rd, 2015 at 11:46 AM
Laurna,
Thank you so much for sharing part of your story here. I am so sorry for your family's loss and for you - especially at such a young age. I too share in having a hatred for God at a younger age (for different reasons) as I know many readers have.
I think that's exactly why I chose to publish this piece the way I did. Jesus is there - through it all. "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these" Matthew 19:14
Good Friday can be hard for them to get through. For children to understand, but it should not stop us from talking about it. Thank you for reminding us to take care of how we tell the Easter story, but let us find ways to tell it all the same. There are so many useful and creative tools to help get the story across to kids and I want to encourage parents to do that.
Again, thank you so much for your words of caution. They are much appreciated and welcome.
Grace Ann Lockwood - April 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 PM
Great thoughts and so true. Glad you are telling you children the story of Jesus.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!!
Jennifer - April 3rd, 2015 at 4:21 PM
Thank you so much Grace Ann! May you and your family have a blessed Easter celebration.
julie - April 4th, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Loved this! It IS brutal particularly for Western culture shielded from gross brutality that still takes place in many parts of the world. We tell our kids the story each year and each year, they learn more....and so do we...it IS powerful for everyone!
Jennifer - April 6th, 2015 at 12:08 PM
Agreed. It is hard to communicate the story to little ones (especially in our culture), but so imperative to do so. Like you, we tell our little girls the story each year and I love the questions they come up with! I know my husband and I learn different aspects or details when walking through it with them too. Thanks so much for your kind words Julie!
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