Friday, April 28, 2017

Easter Ears

Easter Sunday presented me with the reality of focusing on the cross up close and personal once more. Easter weekend causes us to reflect first on the suffering of Christ and then the joy of His resurrection. But, what if there had been no resurrection?

When I met Jesus up close and personal for the first time, I couldn’t stop saying, “Jesus died for me!” Even if I’d been the only person on earth, He still would have gone to the cross. That’s how much He loves us––John 3:16.

Now, the Easter baskets will find their way into closets or storage areas until next year. But, where is Jesus’ place in my home and life after Easter? Will I tuck Him into storage areas of my heart where He will wait patiently at a distance for my attention? Or, will Easter morning be continual in my heart?

This year, I thought about Easter baskets and how to communicate the Easter story to little ones. God
tells us to think like children. “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 NIV).
  • In my children’s books series, Really RareRabbits, the little rabbits hear someone teaching about Jesus. They listen. They press their ears to the window to hear more. As adults, are we too busy and distracted to listen to God’s voice?
  • Do we press our ears to God’s heavenly window and listen to His voice or have we come away from God’s window and only hear the world’s noise?
  • Even a child can hear the story of the cross and believe. It’s a simple message of love. Jesus came to earth to die for all so that we might live with Him in heaven for eternity––if we only believe. 
Easter is a time of renewal and reflection. Let’s continue to reflect on all Christ did for us on the cross. And, rejoice because he’s not on the cross, He is risen! If He had not risen, we would have no hope of eternal life.

So, let’s determine to press our ears to God’s window and listen to His voice not only on Easter morning but always––with our elbows on heaven’s windowsill and our Easter ears pressed tight like the little rabbits in my stories.

About the Author

Peggy Cunningham is a devotional and children's author and missionary to Bolivia. You can learn more about Peggy and her books, including her latest DANCING LIKE BEES, at her author page at


Cathy Mayfield said...

Hello, Peggy!

Your books look so delightful from the covers! I can't wait to see the most recent one. When do you think you'll be back at Montrose? Or close enough to PA again?

I began a new way to "hear and listen" to the Holy Spirit. I'm meditating my way through Psalm 119, one verse a day. To do so, I write the verse in a paper, one word per line. Then, I read the verse enough times to accent each word on its own and meditate on how that changes my thoughts on the verse as a whole. Sometimes I look up synonyms for a couple words, which adds depth to the experience. Then I slip the paper in my pocket to draw out throughout the day.


Peggy Cunningham said...

Thanks, Cathy. I'm considering a trip this summer but not sure yet. I'll be sure to let you know where I'll be–– if I'm there. I'd love to attend Montrose again sometime. Great memories there with you. I love your way to "hear and listen" to the Holy Spirit––going to try to apply this somehow to my time in the Word. Hope we can connect next time I'm there. Until then, it's a blessing to connect through internet. Hugs! <3