Thursday, March 28, 2013

More on our Lenten Journey

We may not make it.  Lord, forgive us.  But I want to share another activity we'll be doing as part of our Lenten Journey because you might want to do it to and I want you to have that chance.  Resurrection Cookies went around our playgroup when the big boys were playgroup babies.  To have two adults is ideal as one can be reading the bible verse while the other is overseeing the baking.  I still remember the look of awe on the big boys faces when we shared that first cookie on an Easter morning so very long ago.  I cannot wait to see it on the LRHB's face.  Blessings!

Resurrection Cookies
These cookies are really delicious and making them together as a family is a great way to experience the Easter message.
Read the whole recipe before beginning … try to do together Saturday night before Easter Sunday.
Ingredients: You Need:
1-cup whole pecans mixing bowl cookie sheet
3 egg whites wood spoon tape
1 cup sugar Bible
1 tsp. Vinegar zipper baggie
1 pinch of salt waxed paper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3
Let child smell vinegar. Put 1 tsp. into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to the vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11
Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1-cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 11-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by tsp. onto waxed paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. Read Matt. 27:65-66
Put cookie sheet in the oven. Close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66
Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22
On Resurrection Morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie! Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Resurrection Day, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

ps.  many kid's do not like nuts in their cookies.  I remember leaving the nuts out of most and just putting them in a few.

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