This Good Friday, we don't have any interesting tidbits or articles to share. This Friday, we just hope that your #FamilyFavorite is your family. It's a tough story to tell kids - that Jesus died. And it's still an important part of the story of our faith. We pray that you walk with your kids, even see Good Friday through their eyes, and remember that the pain and sadness we feel on Good Friday is real, and something we should not ignore.
And this Holy Saturday, enjoy the time with family - the time hunting eggs or having a picnic at church, but remember how dark the first Holy Saturday must have felt. Remember how hopeless that darkness must have been. The Hope of the World had died. What now?
Why do I remind you - parent, children's minister, pastor - about all this darkness? Because without that darkness, Sunday is just another Sunday. This is the week we feel the fullness of our faith. Some people will try to say that faith and feelings should be separated, but I can't find anywhere in Jesus' story that that would make sense.
Jesus felt deeply, for people and for the world. We are called to feel deeply, for people and for the world. And in this Holy Week, especially these last couple of days, we are invited to feel. We are invited to feel as low as low can feel. We are reminded that sometimes, it feels hopeless. And yet, we experience the complete opposite on Sunday.
On Sunday, we sing Alleluia! for the first time in weeks. We share in joyous celebration, wearing bright colors, smelling fresh flowers, and coming together in community - the most joyous part of it all.
Why is this so important for you? Because our kids feel. They feel deeply and passionately. They don't always feel logically. They do always feel. And this weekend, we have the chance to feel with them, and to be reminded of the emotional calluses we have built up as adults.
And we have the chance to walk through a lot of emotions with them, to help them make sense of the feelings they will feel whether we share them or not. Let's share them. Let's do this thing together.
Whether you have children or not, whether you are a children's ministry volunteer or pastor or senior pastor, whether you are "just another person in the pew," you are part of a family. You are part of the family of Christ, and we are called to do this thing together.
Blessings and peace to you as you enter this time of feelings, sadness and celebration. May you be reminded of your Family relationships in all that you do.