Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Feast

A family seder...

You give us this feast of unleavened bread, the season of our freedom, in commemoration of the Jewish Liberation from Egypt and of universal liberation from sin and its punishment. Blessings to our God who saw fit to deliver us! Ann Voskamp, A Christian Passover Meal

Glasses of grape juice to bring to life lessons of life and death, love and betrayal, sin and redemption...

Praying for my daughters’ husbands as mine washes my feet...that God would give them a man with a servant-heart...

Washing my girls’ feet...thinking that this is what Motherhood is all about. How it humbles me, while exalting the lowest tasks. Remembering the endless diapers, meals, awake-all-nights and how they’ve refined me...

Delighting in Ember’s eyes that light up as Daddy pours the water and wraps the towel...

...and in Evelyn’s confusion when her big sisters enthusiastically dunk her feet in the warm water.

"On all other nights, we do not dip our herbs even once. On this night, why do we dip them twice?" 
"We dip the herbs in salt water to remember the salty tears our father wept in their bondage, and to remember the cost of our new and eternal life...we dip the herbs in charoset because we have hope."

Attempting lamb for the first time...

Finding the afikoman.

It was then that Jesus added the words, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Let us now eat the matzah of heaven, meditating on the broken body of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Let us allow the taste to linger in our mouths.

Jesus lifted the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, poured out for you.´Just as the blood of the lamb brought salvation in Egypt, so Jesus’ atoning blood can bring salvation to all who believe.  

Next year in Jerusalem!


  1. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Melissa!!! You brought tears to my eyes. What an example to your children, you are!

  2. I'm so glad you started this tradition and that you took pictures and posted them. Very touching.