It was a tradition, going all the way back to 1982. Easter baskets. They started out pretty simply, with just a few small bits of candy and perhaps a bunny. Later, the baskets produced anything from Starbursts to Cadbury's Creme Eggs, or even those paddle thingies with a ball attached with elastic - which always broke off right away (and then the child whose paddle thingie broke would want the other child's paddle thingie, and.. you get the drift).
But whatever it was, the kids loved getting an Easter basket. I tried to include a cross, perhaps made of chocolate or marshmallow. I could always find a cross, and it made the inevitable discussion have focus. Realizing there are bunnies, and eggs, and chocolate, but that they are peripheral.
This morning the tradition continued, as it always has, and probably always will. The young mother taking time earlier in the week to seek out bits and pieces for three loving Easter baskets. The three small blondies know the Theme, as did their mother back then when she sat at the kitchen table and peered into her basket.
We were not physically together this time, but through the magic of digital photo sharing we almost were. There is something to be said for 'Virtual reality', I am learning.
Dear Readers, I hope your Easter was a lovely day of family, and food, and especially focus. Although we were 1,000 miles from our children and out-of-state family, there were 3 other small fry with whom we spent today. Little ones who are getting to know the Theme bit by bit; little ones who will one day share it, in earnestness and love, with their children.
"We love Him, because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19
I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me.
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
William R. Featherston, 1864
He is risen indeed.
See you along the Way!
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