Glorious in heaven above.
Hungry you came to the earth you created,
All for love’s sake became poor.
I’ll never know how much it cost,
to see my sin upon that cross
“Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes
Each year during the Easter season, we try to do an activity surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus for our girls at Corazon del Pastor, something that will make an impact on them and also give them time to reflect on what it all means to them.
This year we focused on our redemption and freedom from sin because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. First Barbara read a story recounting the journey Jesus made from his trial to his resurrection.
Each girl was given a piece of cloth on which to write a sin they wanted to receive forgiveness for, or something that they’ve been struggling with and wanted help in overcoming it. I was impressed that the girls really took it to heart and were really thinking about what they wanted to write down. I think they were willing to be more honest about it because they were assured that it was just between Jesus and them.
We then went out to the cross and they each took their cloth and nailed it to the cross, with the words facing the cross. The girls were very solemn as they thought about how Jesus was nailed to a cross and how much it must have hurt him physically to be hanging there.
Johana and her little sister, Karina seeing all those struggles and sins on the cross.
Jackie closed in a prayer, reiterating our thankfulness that we are forgiven of all of those sins because of Christ’s sacrifice, that we need not be ashamed or guilty, for they have been completely erased and forgotten through Jesus’ shed blood.
We then covered the cross with cloth, so that none of the squares could be read to protect the girls’ privacy, but also to represent how Christ was covered in cloth after his death.
It remained there all Saturday, and then on Sunday morning, before they headed off to church, we removed the cloth, and there underneath were new pieces of cloth. The girls wanted to know where their sins had gone. We were able to tell them that they didn’t exist anymore, and in their place were verses declaring their victory, redemption, and forgiveness through Christ’s death and resurrection.