Easter Blessings to the Sandwich Generation
Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. They were saying to one another, "Who will rollaway the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" Looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large. Entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right, wearing a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. "But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see Him, just as He told you.' " Mark 16:2-7 NASB
Have a blessed and beautiful Resurrection Day as you go through your day dealing with the various Sandwich Generation duties in your life.
After an uber busy time of babysitting all day, every day last week, this week was just as busy but not nearly as noisy…or as fun. My nearby grandkids went out of town for some great family time, while my senior mom and I went grocery shopping, paid bills, and did a bit of spring cleaning. They get back tonight though and I'm looking forward to sharing the Resurrection Easter eggs with them, playing some ball tag, and reading more of the Easter story with them before they "hit the hay" in what will probably be total and happy exhaustion from their fun week.
Many other of my grandparent compadres – including you maybe? – are spending a lot more time with their grandkids this weekend. If that is you and you're looking for interesting and creative ways to spend the time with an emphasis on the spiritual side of Lent and Easter, here's a few ideas:
- Take your grandchildren to a church's Good Friday service if it is kid friendly. Many churches are now offering a special "tour" of some of the special events of the last days of Jesus' life – with tactile and sensory experiences like feeling a crown of thorns, shaking a bag of 30 coins, lifting the heavy wood that might be used in the cross, etc. What a great way to make the Crucifixion story more real and personal for them.
- Join in our fun with your own Resurrection Easter Eggs. Our local book store still has some in stock. If yours doesn't, you can make your own with the help of some of the resources listed in "It’s Time for the Sandwich Generation Granny Nanny and Grandkids to Work on Their Resurrection Easter Eggs."
- Cuddle up together and read the story of the last week of Jesus' life from a kid's Bible or Bible story book like the Jesus StoryBook Bible.
- Take a walk around the block with your grandkids and admire the blossoming of new life sprouting up all around, talking about new life in spring and new life in Jesus thanks His death and resurrection.
- Make handmade Easter cards together for parents, grandparents, and special seniors in your neighborhood. If you have any flowers growing in your yard, like the lovely tulips decorating this article, you might include a couple with each of the handmade greetings cards you've made.
Fun projects and fun ways to plant sweet seeds of God's love in our kids and grandkids hearts. One of the many delights for those of us in the Sandwich Generation including those of us babysitting our grandchildren. And be sure to check out Pink Saturday – you might spot some easy Easter crafts ideas for us seniors to enjoy with our grandkids. 🙂
It's the final week of Lent for 2012. My grandkids and I have been so blessed by working through these wonderfully encouraging Bible memory verses over the past several weeks, all dealing with the cross of Christ and our redemption by the precious blood of our Savior. It's definitely led to a TON of new questions from them – probably a dual result of their getting older and this specific of a topic. It's definitely been an interesting and challenging month for this Sandwich Generation granny nanny.
You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19
These verses from 1 Peter will go great with our last story of Moses and Pharoah and the first Passover. One recurrent theme in their questions that they keep going back to deals with heaven, and what it is like. Which is logical. We've been talking a lot about Christ's death and resurrection and ascension to heaven so it makes sense they are thinking of that.
I decided to get Randy Alcorn's two books for kids on the topic of Heaven, Heaven for Kids and Tell Me About Heaven, and use them as a basis for our Summer Scripture project this year. I don't know if the special deal is still available, but for several days the Kindle version of Heaven for Kids has been available at no charge to download to your Kindle or Kindle app. I'd definitely suggest you run right over to Amazon and see if it's still available for free, even if you aren't going to use it right this minute. I suspect it will be quite handy for many of our grandkids' questions. 🙂
With all the weird weather and disconcerting news in the press right now, isn't it a double joy to share the GOOD NEWS of the gospel with our children and grandchildren? It encourages me right along with them. And speaking of being encouraged, you'll find plenty more Scriptures to encourage all of us in the Sandwich Generation at Internet Cafe Devotions for this lovely Word-Filled Wednesday, as well as Teaching What Is Good, Women Loving Well, and Good Morning Girls– all full of Christian encouragement, along with many fun ideas for leaving a sweet spiritual legacy in the hearts and minds of our grandchildren.
P.S. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to follow me there, as I do post extra goodies for all of us in the Sandwich Generation, such as useful Kindle and mp3 downloads that are free for a short time (in fact, I just posted one of the new and FREE Christian Kindle mystery books there.) I'd love for you to friend me at Facebook AND like my Facebook page (by clicking LIKE at the top of that page) since I post different things to each – depending on what they are about. See you there – AND here! 🙂
Time flies for all of us, and especially those of us so busy in the Sandwich Generation! I can't believe it's already Palm Sunday! The day we remember when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, while the crowd threw palm branches on the ground in front of Him and cried Hosannah! Hosannah. One of the many prophecies fulfilled by our Savior concerning His suffering, death, and resurrection. As my grandkids will tell you, in our Easter Resurrection eggs that I purchased, it's represented by the egg with a donkey inside it.
It's also the beginning of the darkest week of our precious Lord's life – a week that saw Him betrayed, abandoned, beaten, and crucified. And yet, it's also the week before the best day ever, when Jesus Christ arose from the dead, and we can rejoice with Paul who wrote in Galatians,
"Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When He was hung on the cross, He took upon Himself the curse for our wrongdoing."
As I often remind my grandchildren. He made a choice! And He chose US! And He did it before we were ever born., Before the world was even created. What love – unimaginable – and forever worthy of our joining Jeremy Riddle in saying, "In awe of the cross I must confess How wondrous Your redeeming love and How great is Your faithfulness" as we sweetly surrender our all to He Who gave His all for us!
I pray that these encouraging Bible verses and praise and worship music will be a sweet blessing to all of us in AND of the Sandwich Generation on this last Sunday of Lent 2012.