I don’t honestly remember when I stumbled across The Garden of the Good Shepherd sticker calendar. It may have been one of those rare moments of Amazon kismet, when they actually recommended something I might want to read. (Does anyone else confuse their magical recommendation machine with their reading/buying/browsing choices? Also, whatever algorithm they use, it’s not very sophisticated when it comes to determining one’s choices in theological kidlit. But that’s another rant.)
Anyhow. Whenever I did stumble across it, I ordered it immediately, and I have been hiding it in my sewing room ever since. And I am so excited to recommend it to you for your family’s Easter celebration.
What precisely is it? And do I promise it’s not cheesy?
Yes. I promise. It’s a lovely large format (17″ x 22″ opened) sticker background depicting a meadow, a fountain with a running stream, the sea in the background, and a city on a hill. Inside are 50 stickers and a week-by-week guide for using them. The printed guide instructs you which sticker to place each day, an appropriate Scripture to read together, and a short meditation on the symbol and its meaning.
The scene changes each week, as you affix new stickers. There’s a week when we are daily adding stickers to make the pasture of the good shepherd; a week in which the Lord’s Table is set in the field; and my favorite – the week in which we build the city and prepare to enter it for a royal wedding. Each week gives us a glimpse of God’s creation and a way of seeing it through the lens of Jesus’ resurrection and the new life that is already bursting into our world – as well as increasing anticipation for his final renewal of all things.
I love the idea of maintaining the Easter celebration past the first few days.But friends: 50 days is a long time. It overlaps with Memorial Day and the end of the school year, and a million other things that distract me once the chocolate eggs have been consumed. This sticker calendar is as much for me as for my kids: to remind us, daily, that we are living in a world that has been rescued, that God has said “Yes!” to in the most definitive way possible. To remind us, now, that we walk in new life and that the death we see around us is simply not the last or most important thing. Fifty days of celebration is not nearly enough.