Thank you to Ann Voskamp for her Easter devotional guide, Trail to the Tree. With eagerness, we collected a bunch of fallen twigs and branches around our neighbourhood and readied our Easter Passion Tree. We take a step on the Trail each day, reading Scripture together, praying, and hanging up classic art ornament as we journey toward Easter.
I suggested giving up something for the Lenten season to Serena, just for 2 days as a start for her. Without skipping a beat, she replied with pure unfiltered childish honesty: "I know! I know! I won't play with my Barbies for 2 days. Because that's eeeeeasy!" (She has indeed lost interest in her Barbies lately.) I shall let you imagine my exasperated response and the lecture on the meaning of sacrifice that followed.
But then I thought, isn't that exactly why we need and celebrate Easter? Did she not just succinctly illustrate the condition of our heart as a result of the Fall? Did she not unabashedly reveal our need for a Saviour, our need to be passed over, to be rescued?
"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6