I am so excited to feature this post today by Pat and Candy. My dad has led several Passover Seders, so when I saw that they had published an eBook on how a Christian can celebrate Passover, I was really excited to help them promote it! Pop on over to their website and check it out! It is only $5.99, and you will receive instructions on the Haggadah, preparations for the meal, and recipes to celebrate Passover at your home this year!
The alarm goes off while it’s still dark. I lie in bed for just another moment, my mind picking up where it left off a million times during the night: who did I ask to make the charoseth? Did I buy enough apples and potatoes? Where did I put those napkins? I have to pick up candles today…and get someone to get the plates and chairs from the rental place…better get the lamb in the oven. A ton of things to do and get ready by 2:00, when our guests will be arriving, but there’s no dread. I am SO happy! I hear my kids stirring, too, and anticipate a busy but bright day as we all work together to prepare for the afternoon.
Today we are celebrating Passover.
In some form or fashion the scene I’m describing has been played out for oh-so-many years at our house. Sometimes it’s been just our immediate family. But then there was the year that we’d invited two homeschooling families we met who lived on the road; in our biggest year, we’ve hosted 30 people for Seder!
Celebrating Passover has become part of the fabric of our family’s life. It’s an event that our children identify with and cherish. In fact, we’ve had to move the date around some years to accommodate our oldest daughter, who had been doing extensive traveling when she was in school and wanted to be able to come home to join us. She was heartbroken the one year she was studying out of the country and couldn’t attend.
When our two oldest were young, I worked hard to help them understand and become engaged with the holiday. We did unit studies on the Jewish feasts; we made banners to display as decorations, we made place cards for our guests, and table centerpieces. My husband read through a bunch of Haggadah (the script that you follow during the service) and created our own version, clearly explaining how all the references and commentary points to Jesus throughout.
Our younger ones grew up with it all, so their education has been much more organic. The topic comes up throughout the year. We converse as we prepare. We talk about it as we shop and clean and set up. We ponder the significance when we start our day with Scriptures…
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
I have to admit that while this article was mulling about in my head, I had intended to use an approach like “5 Reasons You Should Celebrate Passover”. But as I sat down to write, I realized that my job is not to convince you. Not to guilt you in to adding one. more. thing. to your already spilling-over plate. My job is just to share my story.
So here it is: The over-arching concept about Passover, the quite-intended (by God’s design) side-effect of celebrating the feast, the one take away that I am left with time after time and year after year, is that celebrating Passover blesses my family; and it blesses me. That may sound trite and trivial – even shallow – to some, but so be it.
We’re not a perfect family: we quarrel, we disagree, we have our idiosyncrasies and dysfunctions.
But when we sit down to Seder and begin to read the words penned in ancient times, the depth and breadth of the love of the Creator of the universe comes spilling off the pages and into our hearts.
It’s a blessing that, even after many years, strikes me anew and fresh each time…
The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace. Number 6: 24-26
This year Passover is celebrated from April 22-30. While Christians should not feel bound to any particular date, if you’d like to bless your family this spring in this way, I’m honored to share all the details of how our family does it in the e-book: Celebrating Passover – A Guide for Christians to Enjoy the Feast.
Pat Fenner has been homeschooling her brood of 5 for almost 20 years. With a passion for encouraging moms in their parenting and homeschooling efforts, she shares experience-inspired wisdom with her friend Candy over at PatAndCandy.com. Sign up at their site for free printables and other “members only” materials to help you be the best you can be for your family! Stay connected with them over at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, too!