What Does Easter Mean to You?

By Kelly Delisio

With the Lenten season coming to an end, I have been spending time thinking about what Easter means to me. However, the day dedicated to Jesus’ resurrection is so blessed and great that I could not seem to put its significance into words. So I decided to turn to my third graders for help. I asked my students one simple question: “What does Easter mean to you?” Here are some of their responses:

“It means that Jesus gave his life for us. He wasn’t thinking about himself. I think about the good things in my life and I thank God. I think about what I would do if I was Jesus.”

“Easter makes me happy because instead of laying in the tomb, Jesus went to a better place.”

“It means thinking about Jesus and how he died for us. It means spending time with my family.”

“Easter means that God is coming alive and that we should be happy. It is like a sacred moment.”

“It is a time for thinking about Jesus and how he saved the world by dying on the cross.”

And simply,

“I know! New life!”

My students’ responses filled my heart with so much joy. At eight and nine years old, my students were able to put into words what I could not. I spend so much of my time trying to teach my students all about life, but like usual, they end up teaching me what life (and Easter) are all about.

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