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the days and the weeks just w...a...n...d...E...r...E...d by...and we started doing the readings with our kids three days ago.
AND we have already missed a day!
There is no way we are going to make it up to the Easter accounts by the Easter weekend. And we aren't going to try. We'll just keep chipping away at it. The kids will get to hear the Easter story at church over Easter. I know that because I am their Sunday School teacher! And then they'll hear it again with us after dinner a week or two later, at which time we will fill in the gaps left by that Sunday School teacher!!
Two readings in and the boys are really enjoying it. We've been reading from the Good News version - and in fact the older of our two boys has been doing the reading for us. After the story we've asked a couple of questions - basic comprehension for the younger, something a bit trickier for the older. We put a couple of jelly beans for them in the first egg. Tonight's egg contained an extra piece of paper that said, "There won't be a treat every day but for today, if you listen very carefully we will give you a clue to help you find a surprise," and then sent them off after the story and questions to find chocolate hidden elsewhere in the house.
I'm wondering whether I should have included the account of Jesus clearing the temple in the line up. It's a story that usually gets pulled out to illustrate that Jesus got angry. But there is so much more to it than that. It really sets the scene - what life in the temple had become and how in need people were of a saviour - and stands in stark contrast to Jesus triumphal entry amidst shouts of "Hosanna!" And it demonstrates Jesus' authority. No one seemed to stop him from overturning the tables and the chief priests and teachers of law started looking for a way to kill Jesus because they feared him. (Mark 11:18)
So that may need to go in the revised edition for next year. If you are working through these readings please let me know if you think anything else needs to be added in or taken out. That would be great.