Before Easter we made Matzah. It isn’t a yearly tradition, but it will likely become one. Together as we mixed the water and the flour and kneaded the dough and rolled it out as fast as we could, we realized the symbolism. It became so tangible as we worked to get the dough to the oven — it must not be leavened. And as my fork pierced the thin dough over and over, the bread of affliction became an echo of the scriptures. How kind of the Lord to remind us of Truth with such ordinary things: we remembered the first passover and this unleavened bread being eaten with the passover lamb, whose blood on the lintel covered those inside; we remembered the weary Israelites eating their bread with sandals laced and staffs in hand ready to exit Egypt.
Making Matzah became a way of posturing ourselves appropriately for Easter celebrations. As we baked the dough into crisp discs and brushed the flour off our shirts, we sang hymns and danced and reveled in this symbol from God. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who brought the Israelites out of Egypt and who is bringing his Church to himself. I was thankful to celebrate Easter remembering the afflictions of Christ; the perfect sacrifice suffered physical pain, but even more so, suffered separation from the Father as he took the full cup of the wrath of God in order to pay for the sins of the world.
How gloriously we have been redeemed!
As we have begun our own family, we are trying to create traditions around the holidays — ones that aren’t for the pure fun of it, but ones that help our hearts celebrate correctly and abundantly. I have found that if we don’t try to remember what we are celebrating for, the celebrations can be empty; and I would hate to neglect to cultivate a home culture of praise and worship around holidays that help not only me, but my son remember who our God is.
What kind of traditions have you included for the sake of your family? I’d love to hear how you celebrated Easter this year.
“In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s passover.”
“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them…You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Luke 12:35-37,40