I was going to post a stop-motion called The Prank but I decided to post this instead. I decided that Easter is more important than April Fools and I might make a separate post later.
But anyways, on to the photo-story! If you have trouble reading it, the caption for the photo is above the photo. He is risen!
My hand trembles as I raise it to knock on the door. My whole life flashes before my eyes: The days of living on the streets, the days of begging for food and money, the days of wishing endlessly for parents, for a home.
For someone to love me.
That’s why I’m here. For a home of my own. A family of my own. A place to renew my hope, my spirit.
The door opens.
A girl stands before me. She seems to be around 13 or so, and has jet black hair with red highlights and bright brown eyes. “Hello! Who are you?”
“Ashton. I’ve been adopted by Emmie and she told me that this is the place where the rest of her dolls live.”
“Ah, yes, Ashton! I recognize that name. Come on in, come on in!” She gestures welcoming-ly towards the inside of the house. I follow.
“Hey, who’s that?” A brown-haired boy about my age walks over to me and the girl. “The new kid?”
“The new kid has a name. That name, is Ashton…”
“Um, I don’t really have a last name. That I know of.”
“Oh.” She looks at me awkwardly. “Um, this is just Ashton.”
“Well, hey Just Ashton.” Then, with a smirk, the boy walks away.
“Who was that?” I ask the girl.
“That,” she replies, “is Logan. Your new roommate.”
I inwardly groan, because I can tell that Logan is the kind of boy who likes to pull practical jokes–and it doesn’t help that today is April Fools Day.
“Hi!!YoumustbeAshtonIcan’tbeleiveyou’rehere!EmmiesaidyouwerecomingtodayandIamsohappyyouarehere!!Heylemmegiveyouatourofthehouserealquickthisisthebathroom,thelivingroom, thebedrooms,andyeahnicetomeetyouI’mMaryellen!!” A redheaded girl practically knocks me over with her hug.
“Um, hi…?” I reply awkwardly.
“Anyways,” the girl rolls her eyes at Maryellen, “It’s time to eat!”
re;connected with a family
All of the dolls sit down at the table.
“Why are we having a feast today? Is April Fools’ day really special around here or something??” I whisper to the girl.
“Uh, no.” The girl – whose name I recently learned is Z – says, “It’s Easter, silly goose!”
“Oh, right! Do y’all do egg hunts here?”
“We do, but Easter is way beyond that.”
“What does that mean?”
“Shhh, guys, it’s time to pray!” A blue-eyed girl announces. All the dolls join hands. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do, but I just follow Z’s lead and join hands with her and Maryellen.
“We thank You for your goodness, your mercy, your faithfulness to us. I pray that You will bless this meal and nourish it into our bodies. And thank You for all that You did for us today many years ago–You took the punishment of our sin so we wouldn’t have to die for our mistakes. And thank You for all of the wonderful blessings You’ve given this family. Amen.”
The rest of the dolls echo, “Amen.”
I begin to eat, wondering about the prayer that was just said. Who is this You they are talking about? What punishment?
“Hey, you,” I tap on the blond girl’s shoulder.
“My name is Alexandra or Lexie for short, but how can I help you?”
“About the prayer at dinner,” I begin, “what did it mean?”
“Here, sit down.” She says. “Well, do you know about God?”
“Yes, I’ve heard of the Christian religion. But I’ve never really been aware of what you guys believe until now.”
“Well, as a Christian, I believe that God sent down His one and only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life with Him in Heaven.” (John 3:16)
“How did this Jesus let believers go to Heaven?”
“He died. On a cross. For our sin. He drank the cup of God’s wrath upon all sinners so we wouldn’t have to drink from it. Instead, we get to drink from the cup of God’s forgiveness. But three days later, He rose from the grave!! Jesus Christ conquered death that day.”
“That’s crazy! I want to go to Heaven. I want to lead a life that honors Him. But how?”
“Well, let’s follow the ABCs to becoming a Christian. First, A- admit to God that you’re a sinner, and repent.”
“I am a sinner,” I cry aloud. It feels strange – yet in a weird way, comforting – to be talking to something that I can’t see.
“Great! Now you just have to B, believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He died for you.”
“I believe,” I reply quietly.
“I believe!” I shout loudly.
“Lastly, for C – confess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and LORD.”
“I have faith that Jesus Christ is my Savior and LORD!”
She hugs me as she says a prayer of salvation over me: “Dear Lord, I pray that you will help Ashton to lead a life that honors you. Help him to understand how much you sacrificed for us. Thank you for all that you’ve done for us.”
“Amen,” we say together.
And from that day on, I am a new person. I have been reborn through Jesus and all the amazing things that He’s done for me.
Do you want to lead a new life like Ashton?
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“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” -Romans 5:6-10
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.’ “-John 11:25 25