During December the question is often asked, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It’s a good question because there is a lot to do before Christmas comes – treats to bake, decorations to put up and presents to buy and wrap. Nobody ever asks, “Are you ready for Easter?” It’s not as “big” of a holiday as Christmas, right?
As a Christian, I think it’s very important to be ready for Easter. I’m not talking about stuffing Easter eggs and making deviled eggs (though there’s nothing wrong with that). I’m talking about preparing our hearts for the most important weekend of the year. Without Easter, there would be no reason to celebrate Christmas. Jesus came as a baby so that He could become a man, give His life on the cross for our sins and then rise from the dead three days later in victory over the grave!
Each year I try to be very purposeful in how I prepare for Easter. I don’t want to rush into church on Easter Sunday, having given no thought to the meaning the weekend has to my very existence. Here are three things I do to prepare my heart for Easter:
Read The Easter Story
Each of the four Gospels contains an account of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. I like to read though each account and meditate on the sacrifice that was made so that I could receive eternal life. During the weeks leading up to Easter weekend, I use these passages for my devotions:
Listen to Songs About The Cross and The Resurrection
I like to make a playlist on YouTube or in my music on my phone, so that when I’m driving or getting ready in the morning I can quickly pull up a list of songs that will turn my thoughts toward Easter. Here are a few songs that will get you started (or if you like Southern Gospel music, here’s my playlist for this year).
Place Visual Reminders Around The House
One of my favorite ways to do this is to place an open Hymnal on the piano – right now it’s open to one of my favorite hymns, “He Lives.” I also like to incorporate free printables into my decor. You can find some really great ones on my spring decor Pinterest board. My friend sent me a beautiful card that is displayed in the kitchen, reminding me that Easter is a time for celebration because the tomb is forever empty and our hearts are eternally full!
Are you ready for Easter?