Children are just the best little creatures. They take everything for exactly what it is and with such enthusiasm and excitement ... we should all be that way, especially when it comes to our faith. Husby and I do the best we can to introduce Levi to the Word and keep him familiar with Bible stories and verses. We feel that if it is something he'll always remember knowing, it will be easier to always keep Christ in the forefront of his mind, and hopefully his life.
Some stories are easier for him to grasp, naturally, such as Noah and his ark, Daniel and the lion's den, Jonah and the whale, etc. Truly understanding the concept of death isn't realistic for his tender age, and the concept of resurrection is even more difficult. Approaching this sacred holiday has been something we have gently explained to Levi and with the Resurrection Eggs, it has been absolutely wonderful. Such a help!
The Resurrection Eggs were introduced to me several years ago when I was a teen. I thought the concept was excellent and really helps bring Jesus' death, burial and resurrection to life for little people.
Inside each egg is a little memento representing a different part of the story, such as a donkey, coins, crown of thorns, nails, cross and many more. With each tiny item there is a correlating Bible verse to read as the child opens that egg. It's just the sweetest little visual for a child.
Levi got so excited with each egg and little token!
He listened intently as his daddy read each verse and eagerly awaited his turn to open the next egg.
Though I don't feel as though my almost 23 month old understands what the story really means, he absolutely knows that Jesus is God's son. That has been instilled in his little mind over and over and I pray that with age and wisdom, the rest will fall into place.
I really appreciate things like this that help us give a visual representation to our tiny tots concerning Biblical truths. Levi so enjoys participating in them.
His favorite part of the story? The last egg ... the cross. As soon as he opened it, he thrusted his arm up above his head! I just thought that was so funny because he didn't do that with any other symbol. It was like he was lifting the Lord up! Though he didn't realize what he was doing, I couldn't help but get a little teary eyed.
(We did NOT tell him to do this! Every time he grabbed that tiny cross, he put it in the air! Isn't that the sweetest thing?!)
Oh Levi ... my biggest prayer for you is that you come to know Him and make Him known.