Oh, how I wish each of you could have been with us last night!
Our church hosted a Seder service; led by a Gentile minister who has converted to Judaism. (No, I didn't get that backwards. And no, he isn't confused; although I was at first!)
Mr. Burroughs did an excellent job of leading us through the symbols and symbolism of a Jewish Seder. The meal used in homes all around the world to mark Passover. We felt incredibly "connected".
He also informed us that the exact day of Passover seldom coincides directly with Easter as it does this year. So, as we walked through the rituals and listened to the explanations, we marked it just as Jesus did 1,982 years ago. Amazing!
Frank and I have participated in these before. But last night was more significant because we were sharing it with our own church family. We were thrilled that so many parents brought their children to learn as well.
This will probably become a Garden Grove Church tradition right along with Family Communion at Christmas. We love tradition!
And, of course, Seder is actually geared for children. The various elements all serve to retell the story of the Exodus. Children have specific roles to play. Each element, every step is an object lesson in itself. All pointing to the love of God for us, His children.
(If you have young ones in your home, you should look up the Seder meal before next year. You and your children would thoroughly enjoy it.)
No wonder Judaism has continued through the ages with so little variation. Jewish people intentionally train their children to know, to understand, to believe.
God grant that we would all be so deliberate in communicating our faith to those entrusted to us!
The only hitch in all this wonder is that I'm struggling with a miserable head cold. Benadryl has become my closest friend. Trying to knock it out before Easter - my most favorite holiday.
I'll try to get back here tomorrow. I'd really love to share with you how we've personalized Easter sunrise through the years.
No matter how you and your loved ones celebrate, may your Easter/Passover be abundantly blessed!