For the past few Easters, my two oldest children find nestled next to their Easter baskets, or tucked on a shelf in their rooms, a Chocolate Easter Bunny.
They immediately know how it got there. They also know from whom it came.
Every year, for as long as they can remember, their dad would give them a large Chocolate Easter Bunny. The bunny was typically one item of many, but as the smaller treats varied from year to year, the large chocolate bunny was a permanent, reoccurring present.
Cadbury eggs, marshmallow peeps, and jelly beans may or may not have made an appearance in their baskets, but the bunny always remained a faithful fixture.
After their father passed away, the holidays became yet another reminder of their great and intense loss. As a mom I frequently felt helpless, wishing desperately I could make it better . . . knowing deeply I could not.
But still, I felt the need to do “something”. Something special for them that would represent their dad on what was once a day filled with his presence and joy.
I began to think about ways to remember their father on Easter. My thoughts drifted back to the very first Easter, and the events leading up to that blessed day. I pictured Jesus sitting at a table in an upper room, surrounded by His disciples, preparing to partake of His last meal. Jesus took some bread in His hands, gave thanks, and then He told the disciples a very strange thing . . . He said, “do this in remembrance of me.”
At that moment, Jesus knew exactly where He was going. He knew the cross lay ahead waiting for him, and He knew this was the last meal He would share with His friends. He chose His words wisely, “do this in remembrance of me.”
He was basically saying to the disciples, “there will be a day when I am gone, and when you come together, and when you break and eat of the bread, do it and remember me.”
“Remember the days we spent together. Remember the times we shared. Remember the things I taught you. Remember the words I spoke. Remember what I have done for you. Remember my love and my care, and remember me.”
As I sat, the beauty of this truth unfolded in my mind, and I finally saw the “something” that I could do . . . the chocolate bunny.
I decided even though their father was no longer physically present to give his children their traditional Easter treat, I could step in and “do it in remembrance of him.”
Now on every Easter, I purchase them each a chocolate bunny. I write their names across the box, and sincerely sign, “Love Dad”. And while their sweet heads lay asleep, I position their precious gifts from their father for their eyes to see come Easter morn.
To some this act may seem very strange. I have had people say, “Why do you do that? They know it is you that bought and signed the gift.”
And this is true . . . they do know . . . but . . . I do it so they remember.
So they remember the days they spent with their father, and the times they shared. So they remember the things he taught them, and the words he spoke. So they never forget all he had done for them, all of his love, and all of his care. I do it so they remember.
I believe when Jesus was about to go to the cross, He knew His disciples would be so broken over the loss of Him. He knew they would come back to the very same upper room where they sat and shared their last meal together. He knew they would return, look at the empty seat where Jesus once reclined, and weep tears of sadness and confusion.
But He also knew it wasn’t the end. He knew they would be reunited again. And until then, until that day came, He said, “do this in remembrance of me.”
Perhaps this Easter, there is a chair that sits empty at your table too. And the holiday is yet another reminder of your painful loss. I understand this all too well, and my heart deeply goes out to you.
But this year, this Easter, remember this great truth and know that through Jesus we have been given eternal life, and you will see your loved one again. Until then, do “something” special in remembrance of them. Remember the times you spent together, remember the love you shared, and remember them until you are reunited again.
If you too have something you and your family does to remember a loved one, please share with us your act of remembrance below. We would love to hear your endearing stories.
Blessings to you dear, sweet sisters! May the love that took Jesus to the cross overflow in your lives this Holy week!
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death;there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Diane Swan is a Professional Christian Counselor, Speaker and Blogger who is passionate about using her God given gifts to assist ladies in living victorious lives in Christ. She enjoys sharing true life messages that relate to the complex lives of every day women and leaves them feeling equipped to be more than conquerors in all their battles. Diane and her husband Todd are the founders of Seven Swans Ministries, an organization devoted to living out the gifts of the Spirit by offering a unique array of services to encourage, edify and expand God’s kingdom. Connect with Diane anytime: Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter – Website