April is full of God's surprises. Just the fact that it comes in early spring sets us up for weather surprises. Will it be warm and sunny or will it be windy and snowy? Spring also brings changes in our outdoor world. Brown grass comes to life, baby animals are being born, tulips and daffodils appear in our gardens and trees burst with new leaves and flowers! As Easter approaches we talk about these spring changes. The grass, trees and gardens that seemed to be dead in the winter are suddenly bright and beautiful living plants. The bird eggs lying quietly in the nests wiggle and crack and out pops a chick. Brown, stiff cocoons open to reveal beautiful butterflies. If you think all of these things are wonderful, then just wait until you hear the Easter story! Because God loves us so much he sent his son, Jesus, to Earth to show us God's love through his actions and teachings. When Jesus died on the cross, as our sacrifice, God raised him from the dead and took Jesus to be with him in Heaven. There God prepares a place for us to be, also, when we leave this world! What good news! Pastor Patti came to our Pre School classes to share the Easter story with us last week. He gave each child a cross to take home to remind them of this wonder Easter message.
We are thankful for all of spring's surprises. They are reminders of the Easter story and the surprise Jesus' friends felt when they found Jesus' empty grave on Easter Sunday. We hope your Easter is full of surprises, too!