There is a Godly Play story called The mystery of Easter. In it, the story teller assembles purple puzzle pieces into a cross, while talking about Lent, Holy Week, and Jesus' death on the cross. But then the pieces are all turned over - and the cross is now white. The teacher says:
Jesus died on the cross, but somehow he is still with us. That is why Easter is wonderful.
Lent is sad, but Easter is pure celebration. Easter turns everything inside out and upside down.
The color of getting ready [for the mystery of Easter] becomes the color of pure celebration.
The sad seriousness and happiness join together to make joy. But look!
You can't keep Easter as just one Sunday! It goes on for one, two, three, four, five, six weeks,
all the way to Pentecost."
This year school vacation happens right after Easter, so it might be easy to forget that we are still in the season of Easter. There will be One-Room Church School on both vacation Sundays, but I also want to offer some suggestions for living in Easter as you visit somewhere warm, exciting, or restful during vacation.
Look for evidence of resurrection in the world around you; budding flowers, baby animals and birds, the tides, the sun that rises each morning. If you know the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, teach it to your children.
Take time at the end of each day to give thanks for all that has happened.
May your vacation week be blessed, whether you are at home or far away!