During the church season of Advent and Christmas, it’s easy for families to have caring faith conversations that focus on the birth of our Savior. It’s a delight to hear our children retell the Christmas story in their angelic voice, and all to quickly the church season of Lent arrives and the joyful sound of alleluias sung are packed away and will not be heard again until Easter morning.
Sometimes we want to protect our children from the solemn and sad moments of Holy Week but we cannot bring them fully to the joy of Easter by excluding them. There are many things in this world that we do need to shield our children from but the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior is not one of them. The greatness of God’s love for us is revealed through His Son, Jesus. Through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection we know God’s love, grace, and mercy.
Let the last few weeks of Lent be a true season of change and growth for your family. Be willing to spend time talking with your child about Easter…..not just the fun parts like Easter Bunnies, jelly beans, and colorful eggs but about the real meaning of Easter…Jesus’ triumph over sin and death that gives each of us the gift of God’s forgiveness, mercy, grace and eternal life.
I’ve included this recipe many times in the Messenger but it’s a fun as well as a delicious way to tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Resurrection Buns [one of my favorites to make with kids]
- Jumbo sized Refrigerator Biscuits-1 roll [represents the linen cloth Jesus’ body was wrapped in as well s the tomb]
- Large Marshmallows-1 per biscuit [represents Jesus’ body]
- Melted butter
- Sugar & Cinnamon mixture – I am not exactly sure of the amounts of butter and cinnamon/sugar, just enough to cover the marshmallow. [represent the spices used to anoint Jesus’ body]
1. Flatten each biscuit with your hand.
2. Wrap one flattened biscuit around 1 marshmallow that is coated in sugar and cinnamon. Pinch the ends together to seal.
3. If you’d like you can dip the roll in butter and roll in the sugar and cinnamon mixture too.
4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake as directed on the refrigerator biscuit package.
5. As the buns are baking read or tell the Holy Week and Easter Story. Use a children’s Bible, or story book. [Matthew 28:1-10 or John 20:1-18]
6. Allow buns to cool slightly before eating. Take a bit or cut and half. Where’s the marshmallow?
7. Express Easter joy – Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!