What is Easter Advent?
Is waiting something you enjoy and eagerly look forward to?
Sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room …
Sitting on the interstate, traffic stopped with no exit near …
Daily or weekly treatments lasting months/years …
Standing in line at the DMV for what feels like hours …
The month of December when you were a child …
Waiting is not my favorite, but it reminds me I’m not in control. God’s ways are higher than mine, He knows circumstances I can’t see, and even waiting is good for me even if I never know why.
Anticipating a holiday or an event, a birthday, wedding, graduation, makes the arrival more significant. This kind of waiting is good!
Easter Advent is a way to anticipate Easter in much the same way we anticipate Christmas. Lent is Easter’s Advent season, another opportunity on the church calendar for discipleship at home.
So to help all of us anticipate and learn more about the wonder and miracles of Easter, we’ve created a new Easter Banner. Accompanying the banner is a 40-day standup calendar with a very easy quick-to-read story once a week and a verse for each of the following days.
Reading these short daily lessons with your children is a perfect way to disciple your children in the history and truths of our faith.
The 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter gives us women plenty of time to prepare a simple or elaborate feast for Resurrection Day. It is the most important holiday of the year; therefore it is most worthy of our efforts and attention to create a glorious celebration.
Start thinking ahead now.
You start planning Christmas more than a month out, why not Easter? One way to celebrate is, of course, to plan a feast for your family or a combined meal with several families to set this Sunday apart from all others. The goal is not to make more work for us busy moms, but to take some time in the month of March to make the resurrection a most memorable day in your family life so your children begin to rightly value its importance in their lives.
Then work your way backward, giving some thought to Palm Sunday and Holy Week, and back to Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent. Our Easter Advent Banner and calendar are an easy re-usable way to make this season memorable year after year.
Waiting is good for me. It is good for all of us. Savor the waiting moments before Easter this year and learn to use them for your family’s good.