This book brings me back full circle to my own testimony. Although I normally minister to adults, my own testimony begins as a child. When I was eight years old I knelt beside a bed with my grandmother and prayed to receive Jesus into my heart. It was very real to me, and from that time on, the foundation for my life became rooted in Jesus. When I go back and look at memorabilia of my childhood and youth, I find the thread of that decision weaving through everything. God was my anchor and lead me through life—I may have followed imperfectly at times—but He was always there to keep my foot from slipping too far off the path He had chosen for me.
Because this is my testimony, I know Jesus does indeed love little children.
He wants them to come to Him at an early age so He can guide them and lead them and undergird them with His love and strength when they encounter trials and hardships. It is my earnest hope and prayer that The Bunny Side of Easter will open the door to a deeper conversation with many children to help them understand what Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross meant for them.
Two Easters prior to this book being published, I read this story to my grandson Ryan who was then six years old. Afterwards, my husband asked him questions to prompt him toward seeing the analogy between what the rabbit did and what Jesus did. It lead to quite an interesting conversation where he began asking about miracles and experiences we had had with seeing God at work. The next night Ryan asked Jesus into his heart.
I pray this Easter story might be a blessing to each of the children who read it and lead them closer to an understanding of what Jesus did for them on the cross.
Even more than that, I pray that many children will understand God’s great love for them and allow Jesus’ sacrifice to save them into life eternal.