East­er is the day our lives are changed for­ev­er. Noth­ing will ever be the same. Unfor­tu­nate­ly East­er is often as mun­dane as Tuesday’s Twinkies. We put clothes on we hate, hunt eggs we will nev­er eat, and yawn through the East­er ser­vice. But it wasn’t always this way. East­er is Christianity’s old­est cel­e­bra­tion. From the Res­ur­rec­tion up to Pen­te­cost we celebrated.

Here’s the rub — par­ty­ing in our cul­ture and our time is unevent­ful. Our nor­mal lives are loaded with indul­gences. Who cares if we have cake, we can have cake every day,” we say. 

That’s what Lent was for. 

Schlep­ping through Lent was intend­ed to help us leave behind the cum­ber that entan­gled us, so that when the sea­son of East­er­tide gets here we are ready, will­ing, and able to jump into the swim­ming pool of celebration. 

Cel­e­bra­tions are won­der­ful bond­ing expe­ri­ences. Tragedy draws us togeth­er, but cel­e­bra­tion binds us. There is noth­ing like a good par­ty to make a peo­ple one. Why are there so many Jew­ish cel­e­bra­tions? God’s peo­ple need­ed to bond togeth­er, their sur­vival depend­ed on their one­ness before God. So they par­tied! Also for the Chris­tians, after the Res­ur­rec­tion, per­se­cu­tion was every­where, they need­ed solid­i­ty, they need­ed a Celebration. 

And what about us, fam­i­lies in the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry? Fam­i­lies are bro­ken before our eyes. Our sur­vival also depends on our one­ness before God, we must bond togeth­er to make it — we need a party! 

Use the fol­low­ing sug­ges­tions to craft a week­ly par­ty. It doesn’t have to be an all day affair, but at least once a week dur­ing East­er­tide, celebrate! 

Check out Dal­las Willard’s Spir­it of the Dis­ci­plines and Richard Foster’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Dis­ci­pline, or for fam­i­lies Valerie Hess’s Habits of a Child’s Heart. All three give us insight into the inten­tion­al, essen­tial, busi­ness of celebration. 

Cre­at­ing Celebration

Read this med­i­ta­tion by A.W. Toz­er called Cel­e­brat­ing Our Odd­ness” aloud to the fam­i­ly. Then work through the sug­ges­tions below and shape your own week­ly cel­e­bra­tion that’s unique to your family. 

A real Chris­t­ian is an odd num­ber anyway. 
He feels supreme love for one whom he has nev­er seen. 
He talks famil­iar­ly every­day to some­one he can­not see, 
Expects to go to heav­en on the virtue of another, 
Emp­ties him­self in order that he might be full,
Admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, 
Goes down in order to get up. 
He is strongest when he is weakest, 
Rich­est when he is poorest, 
And hap­pi­est when he feels worst. 
He dies so he can live, 
For­sakes in order to have, 
Gives away so he can keep, 
Sees the invisible, 
Hears the inaudible, 
And knows that which pas­seth knowledge. 

Shape the Celebration

  • What is spe­cial about your fam­i­ly? What makes you odd?”
  • How has God been good to your family? 
  • Is there a unique bless­ing God has giv­en your family? 
  • Name your week­ly Cel­e­bra­tion based on the above questions. 
  • Choose one day a week. Maybe you already have a day that is spe­cial. It doesn’t mat­ter what day, it’s just good to choose one that is consistent. 
  • Break out the par­ty hats and the good dishes. 
  • Make it manda­to­ry for every fam­i­ly mem­ber to attend. 
  • No seri­ous talk, only fun. Try things like danc­ing, or board games, sing songs (karaōke machines are hilar­i­ous — rent one), and eat, eat, eat. 
  • Include a toast: Each week take turns on who gets to write the toast and lead it. Start with the youngest member. 

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Originally published March 2011