Easter Day 1 & 2 – 2016

Easter Day 1 & 2 are significant even in the last week of the Savior’s life on this Earth.   The first day is where Christ rides into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The second day is a curious day with lots of pondering.

If you don’t know what happened on Easter Day 1 read this post and if you don’t know what happened on Easter Day 2  read this post.
Something I have wanted to do for some time now is to get an Easter Tree.  If you look on Pinterest you will find all kinds of Easter Trees.  Some are painted; Some are decked out in eggs.  I decided this year to simplify, so I just made my tree out of branches from my tree outside.  I just cut some off and put them in a vase.

I have to say it is a different feeling having an Easter Tree in my home.  Here is what it symbolizes for me.

The first day the Savior rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  The second day he cursed the fig tree. The tree for me is a symbol of the palm leaves and also a symbol of the tree he cursed.  (If you don’t know why he cursed the tree, I give some insight here.) Some people use twigs that no longer have leaves, which can be a symbol that the people took the leaves off the trees to lay down for the Savior to ride into Jerusalem.  However you do it, the symbol is the tree.  I love that you can make your own and that it is cost effective.  It’s free!  All you have to do is decide how you want your tree. Painted or plain, it is a great way to remind yourself that it is the beginning of The Week of Easter.

My challenge to you is to make an Easter Tree!  So go!  Make your tree! 🙂

The Great Owl and The Scavenger – Stories

In the great deep forest there lived a great owl with lime eyes, black feathers and a beak just as black as the night sky.  His duty was to protect the forest from anything that would harm it. He sat night after night, searching the great forest to keep it safe.  He was excellent at his craft and not one creature had been harmed since he had set watch.

One night a scavenger walked into the forest.  He was looking for some fossils to take home to his children, Little James and Big John. He walked along the path, all the while picking up stones and checking them to see if any fossils were there.  Stone after stone he kept checking until late into the evening.  Little did he know he was being watched by the great black owl.
When the Scavenger reached the end of the path he was troubled.  None of the stones he checked had any fossils in them and it was late into the night.  How would he get some fossils for Little James and Big John?  As he scratched his head he heard a sound.
“Whooo are you” the Great Owl asked?
The Scavenger turned around and to his surprise he saw the great owl.  The owl was towering over him, looking at him intently with inquisitive eyes.  The Scavenger looked at him, the giant black feathers, the beak just as sharp as a razor and black as the night sky.  He couldn’t help but be afraid.
“I am a scavenger,” he trembled. “I am looking for fossils for my children.”
The Great Owl starred with his lime eyes.  “Why?” he asked.
“Little James is turning seven, and Big John is turning 11.  They have the same birthday and they love the outdoors.  I thought I would get them each a fossil for their birthday.” The Scavenger explained.
The Great Owl nodded and turned around.  He spread his massive wings and turned his head to the Scavenger, “Get on” he said.
The Scavenger didn’t dare question the owl, so he climbed onto his giant back.
The Great Owl took off; the Scavenger clung on.  They passed over rivers, valleys, hills and into the mountains.  They came across a stone cave and the Great Owl lead the Scavenger in.
The Scavenger thought “I am following an owl into a cave, surely I must be dreaming,” and once he entered the cave he thought it even more so.
The cave was lined with lanterns peeking out of rocks.  Once they passed a lantern it would go out, only lighting the way into the cave.  Doors lined the cave walls.  As the Scavenger observed the cave he notice sparkling diamonds of all shapes and sizes all along the walls, and gold plates over doors as if they were labels.  He couldn’t read them because they were in some other script he couldn’t recognize.  He wondered what could possibly be behind all of those doors.
The Owl turned his head but kept walking forward “The doors lead the way into everlasting life,” he said.  “Each door is a whole eternity.  Enter one and you won’t come back to this world. You will be wondering doors forever, unless you know which door to enter into first.”
The Scavenger was shocked that the Great Owl knew what he was thinking, but being so intrigued by what he just said he only asked, “How do I know which door to enter first?”
“That is not the reason we came,” said the Great Owl.  And he kept walking forward as his head turned.
Finally after passing what seemed like an endless amount of doors they came to a stop. In front of them stood a centaur holding two stones.  He looked at the Scavenger.  “This is what you are looking for,” he said as he handed the Scavenger the stones.  The Scavenger turned them over in his hands and there he saw two fossils!  One of a fish and one of a leaf.  “But how did you know…” he started to say, but the centaur had already disappeared.  The Scavenger put the fossils into his bag.
“Get on” the Great Owl said to the Scavenger, and the Scavenger climbed again onto the Great Owl’s back, thinking of the fossils he had been given by the centaur.
The owl and the scavenger returned to the great deep forest where they had first met.  “You have what you were looking for, now it is time for you to go home,” the Great Owl said.
The next morning in Odenville, Jimmy woke up from his sleep.  In his hands were two fossils; one of a fish and one of a leaf.  He marveled at the thought of what he thought he had dreamed. “How did I get these,” he thought, but he knew that he already knew it.
To be continued……