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Why Easter Matters for Parents

Easter is about a lot of things. 
It’s about Jesus keeping His promises.
Jesus told the disciples He would leave and then come back, and when Peter, John, and Mary went to the tomb and saw it was empty, and later saw Jesus alive, they knew Jesus could be trusted because He did what He said He would do. And because of that example—and many more—we know we can trust Jesus, too. 
It’s about Jesus showing us how patient He is.
Jesus told everyone what would happen, and when it did, He wasn’t mad they didn’t believe. He didn’t say, “Ugh! Why don’t you listen to me?!” Instead, He met His friends in a garden, in a crowded room, and then again on a beach. And while they tried to make sense of what happened, Jesus smiled and stayed close and cooked them breakfast. He was so patient with them. He is so patient with us.
It’s about reminding us something good can come out of something bad.
We’ve always known parts of life would be difficult, that bad things would happen. That things that don’t make any sense would confuse us and make us wonder if God is really as good as we want Him to be. But Easter is all about something being more true than life just being hard. Easter is about something new and something good happening in something old and something bad.
As parents, it can be really easy to get discouraged in a tough season with our kids. It can feel like it can never end and things will never get better. But Easter is the reminder that no season lasts forever—to hang on. The story will get better.
It’s like a new flower poking through the dirt after a long, cold winter.
It’s like a new baby smiling at their mama and daddy after a long night of crying and no sleep.
It’s like the first day of summer vacation after a long year of getting up early for school.
Easter is about Jesus doing what He said He would do. And it also reminds us that something really good can come after something really hard.