Resurrection Play

By Veronica

One of my oldest daughter’s first games was pretending to be Mary. She would put a blanket on her head as a long flowing veil, wrap a baby doll in a blanket and place it in a laundry basket. Then she usually knelt and sang “Away in a Manger.”

And since then, Bible stories frequently appear in my children’s play. It’s not possible to predict which stories will appeal to the girls’ imaginations, and sometimes I am surprised.

Today I heard my two oldest children – daughters aged five and four – playing together on the couch. The younger said to the older, “Let’s play Jesus dying on the cross.”

I sat still and listened, wondering what would happen next. Four-year-old stood up, stretched out her arms as though on a cross, and waited. Big sister was apparently playing the role of one of the women who prepared his body for burial, because she took down little sister’s arms, wrapped her in a blanket, and laid her on the couch. All very solemn and correct.

But apparently the resurrection was taking a little longer than big sister liked, because after only a moment or two, five-year-old shouted, “Open your eyes!” and threw herself on top of her little sister. She grabbed little sister’s face and shouted into it, “TALK, JESUS!”

I think “Jesus” complied, but it was hard to tell over all the giggling.

Observing this, I concluded two things: 1) I think Jesus would be pleased with the confident faith that heaves itself headlong on him, sure of a response, and 2) I am never reading these girls the book of Judges.

20 Responses to Resurrection Play
  1. Tonggu Momma
    May 5, 2009 | 4:39 am

    And can you imagine Rahab’s story if they decided to “set the scene?”

  2. Kelley
    May 5, 2009 | 8:08 am

    This is extremely profound that the kids would choose the resurrection rather than some other scene. This shows their profound faith in God and his teachings are rooted in them. This is a complement to you!

  3. Julia
    May 5, 2009 | 9:28 am

    Oh my goodness, that cracked me up. What? You don’t want them acting out that poor girl getting chopped into 12 pieces and being sent around to everyone?

  4. Mrs Lemon
    May 5, 2009 | 9:43 am

    Or the one about Sisera drinking nice warm milk, falling asleep, and Jael driving a SPIKE through his temple?

  5. jolly-holly
    May 5, 2009 | 12:21 pm

    Wonderful, on so many levels; thanks for sharing!

  6. Kelly
    May 5, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    Speaking as someone who’s reading “The Red Tent” right now, you might also want to keep them away from most of Genesis.

  7. Mozi Esmes Mommy
    May 5, 2009 | 5:22 pm

    How sweet! And yes, do stay away from Judges! I’ve been trying to figure out the appropriate ages to introduce parts of the Bible… 🙂

  8. Hannah
    May 5, 2009 | 10:28 pm

    LOL! I’m rereading Judges right now at night, and I entirely agree with you.

  9. edj
    May 6, 2009 | 9:56 am

    I say let them read Judges and I Samuel and Song of Songs and get out the video camera 😉

  10. Carrie
    May 6, 2009 | 9:27 pm

    Ha! That cracks me up. It’s funny how much they absorb & comprehend. My ds is only 17 months, and I read Bible verses to him in the mornings, and a Bible story from a children’s Bible storybook when he first wakes up…so I always call my Bible, the Bible, and he started saying ‘Bible’ this week…one morning I got him up, grabbed his Bible storybook, and he pointed to it and said, ‘Bible’. I wonder how much else that I’m reading to him is getting through??? 🙂

  11. Mary
    May 7, 2009 | 8:02 am

    Who needs television when you have children, right?

  12. Shawna
    May 11, 2009 | 10:43 am

    I love it!

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