In case you don't want to try to read the [long] narrative, here are the scriptures we used:
- Carpenter's Son, Matt. 13:55
- Lamb of God, John 1:29
- Bread of Life, John 6:35
- True Vine, John 15:1, 5
- Light of the World, John 8:12
- Messenger of the Covenant, Malachi 3:1
Here are some of the decorated eggs: (l-r, t-b: David, Benjamin, Rebecca, Maryann)
Here is an expanded view of Maryann's egg:
Each of the baskets has a single, empty egg (empty like the tomb on resurrection morning).
The children were understandably confused.
The envelope had a scripture pointing to a reference about people who were also confused and thought Christ was only the Carpenter's Son, Matt. 13:55.
To the Garage!
Another envelope had a scripture referring to Christ as the Lamb of God, John 1:29.
To the stuffed lambs on Benji's bed!
This one had a scripture reference to Christ as the Bread of Life, John 6:35.
To the kitchen!
This one had a reference to the True Vine, John 15:1, 5
To the Florida room!
Another scripture pointing us to the Light of the World, John 8:12.
To the only light that was on in the house!
The reference of Christ as Messenger of the Covenant (Malachi 3:1) was prefaced with a brief description of the suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and comparing the pressed olives to the strain Christ felt while suffering.
To the mailbox!
Where we found cans of olives.
Which everyone loved.
So what started out as a single, empty egg, became baskets overflowing with great gifts.
And we remembered that Easter is more than candy, too.