At the children’s Easter Carnival I had the best booth.
Sure, there were egg races and bracelet making and several other exciting stations…
but I was at the egg dying booth. Score!
It was three tables long, with pink, blue, green, yellow, and orange cups, ready to receive boiled eggs.
There were white crayons for drawing names, and special Easter stickers for decorating.
From the moment the event began, our booth was the busiest. Kids excitedly dunking their eggs, and only cracking a few.
I was heart warmed to see how many kids knew what they were doing, using the old wire tool, or the newfangled plastic tool to escort their eggs from one cup to the next.
It had been 20 years since I’d dyed eggs, but I was happy to see that such traditions live on in many of today’s families.
There was only one problem.
Those darn eggs just wouldn’t get dark.
I don’t know why, either.
The mixture was made with vinegar and water, just like the package suggested. The water was room temperature, also as instructed, even though I remember a lot more vinegar and a lot hotter water when I was a kid.
Anyway, the pink looked pink. The yellow looked off-white. The blue and the green looked vaguely blue and green. The orange looked kind of yellow.
The colors were kind of wimpy.
Not that anyone was complaining. The kids had a great time.
But some of them left their eggs in the cups for a good 15 minutes trying to get darker, with little discernable difference.
Here’s why I was a little annoyed: Easter is supposed to be vivid. Bright. Deep and colorful.
I was reminded of Holy Thursday services that failed to engage the congregation fully.
And Good Friday services that seemed just a little dull.
And Easter services that seem to be a little less…vivid.
What if that’s what Holy Week is like this year? Like Easter eggs that are a little less wild and a little more mild.
What if it fails to entertain? What if the sermon falls flat? What if the resurrection seems like just another old story?
I don’t know what I’m worried about. Those beautiful kids at our Easter Carnival had the time of their lives.
They weren’t looking for perfection, or drama, or brilliant colors.
They were thrilled to participate.
(They dyed for the love of it,)
Meanwhile, if you have any concerns about Holy Week being a little weak this year, remember it’s not about the flair of the presentation.
It’s about participating,
and it’s about Jesus,
(who died for the love of it.)
Have a great Holy Week,