Each year, as Easter approaches, I like to think of ways to focus on Christ and what He means in my life. It is one of my favorite Easter Traditions. When my kids were growing up, we did the Easter baskets each year, as long as they were living in my house. That was fun, but to me, it doesn’t add anything to the importance of Easter.
Growing up, we didn’t attend church all the time until I was about 13. We did attend sometimes though and almost always on Easter, although I remember attending Sunday School a lot. However, I’ve always had a perfect love of Christ. I’ve always had faith in Him and I’ve always felt His presence when I needed Him. I love knowing that I can turn to Him at any time and He will comfort me. He will bring me peace. I don’t remember ever not having that faith and knowledge.
In past years, to keep my mind and heart centered on Christ during the Easter season, I have done things like scripture challenges, when I search out scriptures related to Christ and post them on Facebook or found a great book about Christ’s time on Earth and learned more about His ministry. I’ve also made an Advent tree with Christ centered verses to read each day of the month in which Easter falls. All have really helped me to keep my focus where it should be this time of year.
This year the church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is conducting a campaign to help anyone who participates keep their focus in the right place. Each day from the 9th until the 16th of April, there is a focus, with a verse or two from the Bible and three activities you can do to help you further your focus. If you’d like to see the calendar and activities, you can download the free calendar at mormon.org. If you do download the calendar and post photos of any of your activities, use the hashtag #PrinceofPeace. Also, starting Friday the 31st, there will be a video posted on our side bar related to Christ and Easter. Be sure to check it out!
So tell me, what are your Easter traditions and how do you keep Easter focused on Christ? I’d love to know. Happy Easter.