Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Ever since our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, could walk, we've hosted an Easter egg hunt at our home. It's become a family tradition.
Last year, second granddaughter, Savannah Jane, does the indoor seeking and finding, while big sister has the yard all to herself.
This year, both Virginia and Savannah hunt for eggs in the backyard. I divide their territories in two lest Virginia grab all the treasures before little sister even gets started. Virginia is off and running as soon as she's given the signal.
Savannah, coaxed by her dad, moves much more slowly and hesitantly, unsure if those brightly-colored plastic eggs are what she is supposed to be gathering. She often has to be reminded to put them in her basket, not simply Easter parade around with them in her hands.
Each girl is supposed to collect ten eggs a piece. But poor Virginia! One of her eggs has been pried apart, and the candy is gone! Another egg has vanished into thin air! I know immediately who the culprits are. I think, okay, Racer, did you egg them on? But I say to Virginia, "Squirrels took them, honey. I put the eggs out too early, and the squirrels found them. Those rascals!"
"It's okay, Gammie," she assures me. "Maybe Savannah will let me help her find some of her eggs."
"That's a great ides," I say. "I think she could use it."
Once we are all back inside, Virginia takes it upon herself to open her eggs on the table to reveal the sweet surprises inside. Savannah does the same.
But before we can catch her, she manages to open the candy wrapper and stuff the entire confection into her mouth. And I thought the squirrels were rascals!
Throughout the excitement of the day, youngest grand-girl, Alexandra Nancy, looks on in wonder at it all.
Don't worry, little one. Next year, you'll have an Easter egg hunt indoors, and will be just for you!
Do you have a favorite Easter tradition?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Christ Jesus, that we might all share in eternal life with You. Until that time, let us ask, knowing You will give; seek, knowing we will find You, and knock, knowing You will open the door to welcome us. It is in Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.