“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” Ephesians 1:7-8
It's Holy Week. The time we turn our focus to this life giving good news, and the sacrifice by which it came to us.
I was so grateful when I found the book Benjamin's Box by Melody Carlson. I loved that its main character was a boy who shared our son's name. The story is about this boy's fictitious encounters with Christ during the week of his passion. After each encounter, the boy puts a tangible remembrance of the experience in his special box so he will never forget Jesus and all the love he showed.
The book gives instructions for gathering corresponding items for a box of your own. Each item goes in a specially colored egg (we numbered ours) to be opened at the appropriate time in the reading of the story. We hide the eggs and hunt for them before we read it. It has been a very sweet time.
One thing has surprised us as we have observed the Easter season with our kids, however. This is not a story that could be rated G. Many of the stories and movies are way too graphic for little eyes. (More about that here.) We felt that this book was among them. So Lee took care of that...
Even so, I would really recommend waiting to use it until your kids are at least five or six years old.
We like to read the story anytime during Holy Week, really. But we usually try to do it before Easter to prepare us for the great celebration.
"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:14-15