GOD: the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe
Easter is a tricky holiday for me. For my children – ages 2 and 5 – the wonder of the resurrection is easily overshadowed by egg hunting and humongous chocolate bunnies. I’m trying not to read too much into that.
The truth is I struggle with how to present religious holidays. I want to embrace the “wonder” and “magic” of the holidays for my kids and let them partake in the festivities (stockings, egg hunts, etc). But, the secular versions of Christmas and Easter require lying to my children.
The fact that Son and Daughter believe a jolly man flies around the globe with reindeer or that a rabbit can carry baskets full of candy into their living room is sweet and appropriately childlike. However, I worry that letting them believe these lies will impact how they view the things I tell them about God. After all, the things I’m telling them about Santa and the Easter Bunny are the same things I’ll teach them about God…omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent.
One day, I’ll teach them the Apostle’s Creed. But, right now they are more familiar with the lyrics to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.”
Am I doing this right? I’m not sure. But I’m doing the best I know how.
Older “G” post you may have missed: Glamorous