The following is the final installment in our weekly Lenten devotional for families, by Mary Jane Pierce Norton of the UMC’s Discipleship Ministries. We hope this series has helped you to know God a little better, and to prepare for the Resurrection. Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed!
EASTER — April 16: Alleluia
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
Discussion & Activity: Attend an Easter Worship Service. List together those things that happened in worship that helped you be aware of God’s love.
Sometimes Easter can be just a day when we eat chocolate, go to church, and are happy for a short time. But Easter gives us reason to be joyful every day. Look at the picture of the butterfly. Think about its beauty that emerges from a dull chrysalis.
Decide on one or two Easter actions to continue during the next weeks that help spread the news of God’s love. Ideas include: continuing to give to a charity; taking food each week to a food pantry; praying for one another; writing a note each week to someone who might be lonely.
God: We say together, “Alleluia” because Jesus rose from the dead.
We see new life around us and we give thanks to you for all the signs of new life.
Help us be joyful this Easter and never forget the wonderful gift Jesus gave to us all. Amen.