Passover Picnic

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This past week I participated in a truly remarkable picnic. No, it wasn’t outside. No, there wasn’t any potato salad. It was a Passover Meal.

Every other year, on Maundy Thursday, our Lutheran church hosts this meal as a remembrance of Jesus and his disciples honoring the tradition of the Passover in remembrance of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery.

This meal was prepared by a devoted group of members, eaten without plates or silverware, and accompanied by an explanation of the food and a message by our Pastor. The traditional foods at our meal were:

  • roasted lamb – to remind us of the lamb that was sacrificed by the Israelites before their deliverance from slavery as well as the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, to deliver us from sin
  • horseradish or bitter herbs – to remind us of the bitter suffering of the Israelites as slaves and the suffering Jesus endured on the cross
  • unleavened bread – to remind us of the urgency in which the Israelites ate with no time to allow the bread to rise
  • egg – a symbol of new life
  • fruit, dates, nuts – a sweet mixture when made into a paste symbolizes the mortar the Israelites used to make bricks while in slavery
  • parsley/lettuce – symbolic of springtime, the traditional Passover season

The tradition of this meal served the purpose of teaching children about their history so they would never forget what God did to save their ancestors. We follow this tradition so that we, the children of God never forget what He did to save us.

It is a meal blessed by God, shared with those we love, consisting of simple and meaningful food, in a comfortable place.

It is a picnic.

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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