After hearing about the deadly bombings in Egypt earlier this week, which utterly broke my heart, it reminded me of how much I have to be grateful for that I can still hold my sons in my arms as I type. I really don’t understand what could ever prompt anyone to attack fellow human beings who are praying and celebrating their Holy Days with their family in a peaceful house of worship, or in any way bring harm to children. I just can’t fathom it and my mind has been filled with the increase in recent, very cruel attacks.
My sons are off from school this week for Holy Week, and every day we are finding ways to celebrate in anticipation of Easter. One day we colored eggs, another day we read The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story, another day we watched Jesus of Nazareth (the 1977 version by Franco Zeffirelli, my favorite). We have more things planned for the week, and while on the one hand I hope to distract myself from our crazy world by focusing on the Resurrection, on the other, I feel as though it would be deserting those who are suffering simply for their faith. I’d rather keep them in my mind and prayers, even while I endeavor to make Holy Week special for my boys.
If you are looking for ways to connect to your faith and teach your children about Jesus and the Bible, look at some of the books from Zondervan. The children’s section has some books that are so beautifully illustrated, and my boys love reading them with me before we go to bed.
Found by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago is a favorite of my younger son, and the images are so utterly beautiful that it’s a favorite of mine too. It’s based on Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd, redone for children in a very touching and lovely way.
Our Church’s bookstore also offers a selection of wonderful books for children, and the boys’ Sunday School teachers sometimes gift them books, which proudly become part of their at home library. Paraclete Press books and a few others have rounded out our collection, and I will share more as I find them.
We have also become familiar with Bible Stories for kids in animated movies (which I plan to share as we watch them), and am considering signing up for PureFlix, since I’d love more family friendly tv entertainment in this house. If you know of great books and movies you can share with me, please tweet me or email me ♥︎