23.03.2012
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A Family Christian Activity for Easter ……. Make a Grace Garden {A Visual Parable}

A Holy Experience

Back there in the beginning, we all fell in a garden.

And Christ, He falls to the ground in the garden of Gethsemane.

And He begins to right our fall.

So the kids and I, we put our hands into dirt,

and we remember our garden fall and His garden grace,

and we make a Grace Garden for Easter.

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How to Make

A Grace Garden for Easter

This is what we did:

We gathered
1. a basket, some dirt,

2. some plants at the nursery, a beginning too,

3. tramped to the woods for just the perfect moss

4. found a wee glass dish for a pond, a few shells too {optional}

5. and  drilleda hole in a stone. {or use a small planting pot or peat pot, laying on its side}

6. We planted a garden, {filled a pond with water}, laid the flattest, the smallest (they were sure) stones from our lane, as a winding path to the tomb and our great freedom coming.

7. We found a stone that read GRACE and put it at the entrance of the Garden Tomb. That seemed perfect.

8. And come Palm Sunday, we’ll plant some seeds, resurrection hope in the dark of the earth, and line the little stone path with smalls candles, one for each night of Holy Week, miniature garden torches, for the Light is coming.

And each night, all week we’ll light another wick… until Good Friday, when all went dark.

9.And in the evening of Good Friday, the children will shape acaterpillar out of modeling wax, swath it in small square of silk, tuck it in the moss outside the stone over the entrance of the tomb….

10. On Saturday, we’ll remember and we’ll wait.

11. And come Sunday, Easter morn early, in first light dawning, we’ll roll back the tomb, see only the husk of silk left behind, a butterfly a light in the branches of tree over the Tomb.

Tutorial to Make Easter Sunday Morning Butterfly: Click Here

12. And we’ll ask it, incredulous at grace all over again, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Lk. 24:5) He is alive!

So this is the path we’ll walk the last week of Easter, right across the Grace Garden.

From dark to Light.

From cocoon confinement to conquering in Christ.

From sin grit to saving Grace.

And an Easter Grace Garden will unfold, a parable, a living visual of the metamorphosis of all the cosmos…

And we’ll walk with Him again,

in the garden in the cool of the evening,

reunited by grace alone.

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Related Easter Activities:

A Family Sorry Box {a box of repentance} for Lent

A Free Easter Family Devotional with Ornaments to Make Your own Easter Tree