Dear Grandpa Bunny,
It seems to me like you have been a perfect Easter Bunny. Did you always do everything you were supposed to? Did you ever misbehave sometimes?
Love, Little Bunny
Dear Little Bunny,
It is interesting that you ask me that, especially at this point in your training. As I’ve said, I was very excited about becoming an Easter Bunny. By week 5 in my training I really thought I had it all figured out. I had found lots of kind ways to do kind things. I was great at surprises. What else was there? Right?
I still had a lot to learn.
Early in week 5, I came home one day and I was anxious to show Mama Bunny how grown up I was. I hopped in just in time for dinner. Mamma told me that we were having turnips. ( Something you need to know is…I don’t like turnips. To me, they taste like a rotten potato. Yuk!)
I started out right. I politely asked, “Are we having anything else?” She replied, “Nope, just turnips.” As I went down the path to my little hollow in our burrow I was mad. I fumed under my breath…”I’m getting grown up now. I’m almost an Easter Bunny. I should not have to eat turnips.”
I had forgotten about sacrifices…about doing, or not doing, something difficult and offering it as a gift to make room for Jesus’ love in my heart.
No “All for you Jesus” from me that night.
I decided to do something very grown up. (Not really.) I crept just outside our burrow and HID. I was not going to eat turnips and no one was going to make me. Have you ever hidden from a problem before? Did it help?
I’ll tell you tomorrow how it all turned out.
Love (sometimes learned the hard way),
For the Big Bunnies…
This week’s letters are about misbehaving and then becoming new again: Renewal. Putting our trust fully in Jesus renews us from the inside out. Sensing our need for God’s mercy, love and forgiveness helps us to let go of fear and sin. Our sincere contrition permits God to prepare us and protect us in living life renewed. I’ts important to help children to begin to appreciate the value of sincere sorrow to God and others in renewing our own hearts and our relationships.
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.