Easter is a big deal in our family.
Obviously, it's a big deal for all Christians. Our hope hinges upon the story of Easter.
But it's a really, really big day for our family in particular. Both Brad (4/6/1980) and Amelia (4/6/2010) were born on Easter day. I love remembering how heartsick I felt on Easter Day 2010, longing for our second child, totally unaware that God was bringing my baby into the world right then.
So you see why I love this holiday.
- It represents my salvation (Christ's death and resurrection)...
- My true love (Brad's birth)...
- My answered prayers and lavish blessing (Amelia's birth).
The stores are now filling their shelves with chocolate eggs and pastel decorations. I noticed bunny rabbit smocking on a child's Sunday dress this week, and nostalgia instantly welled up in me. I immediately began searching online for similar sweet smocked Easter dresses for my two girls.
Until our friend Jacob came to stay at our house tonight.
He reminded me that Easter dresses aren't nearly as fun to buy as some other things...
Jacob moved to Zambia a couple years ago to begin a gospel-based water ministry. Water282 brings physical water to villages through wells, while simultaneously telling villagers the hope found in Jesus, the Living Water. (Click here to find out how you can get involved with his ministry.)
Jacob is not worried about what he'll wear to church on Easter Sunday.
He's not worried about what you will wear, either.
He's worried about the thousands of Zambians who live without access to clean, disease-free water, and with no knowledge of Jesus the Living Water.
He has an exciting challenge for you:
Are you in?
Skip buying Easter outfits this year.
Instead put the money towards providing water and the gospel to many in Zambia.
It's just one symbolic way we can say we choose loving like Christ over the materialism of our culture.
And truly... it just sounds fun! I cherish Easter too much to waste the season digging for dresses at Dillards. Give me the chance to spread hope of Christ over that any day. That is a way to celebrate!
So. See that image above?
Share it on Facebook, Twitter, by email, with your friends and family and small groups and office.
Here's the link that goes with it.
If you would like stickers of the above image for your Sunday school class or family to wear on Easter day, email me at rachelgoode1 (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll see if we can make that happen!
Together, we can make a difference.
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