The Hunger Games and Easter

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The Hunger Games is an extreme, twisted depiction of a future world gone wrong at the hands of mankind. Yet even now, one does not have to look very far to see that this world is broken. Turn on the news. Follow twitter. Or better yet, look inside our own hearts.

When I gave birth to my four children, they were each the most amazing, tangible gifts I would ever receive on this side of life. So innocent, pure, and beautiful. But as they grew, I began to peel back the wrapping paper, opening each of my ‘gifts.’  It became clear over time that really they came to me broken to begin with.

Like myself, their internal flaw and brokenness was just as real as my own human frailty. I battle with it daily. To be unselfish, to be loving, to be understanding, giving, patient, kind, loyal – all these things do not come easy or natural. I was born flawed. I came that way – in disrepair.

The Hunger Games is a story of overcoming, of victory, of triumph.

In the story – I am Prim. Frail and incapable of winning. I need a strong tribute. Someone to take my place. Someone so great, so perfect, so strong and powerful. Someone to heal my frailty. Someone to conquer the depths of evil and sorrow of mankind. Someone to make it all right again. To fix what is broken. To restore what was meant before time to be perfect and flawless inside that wrapped package.

I need Hope. Help. Strength to love and forgive. Truth. Redemption.

Easter is what that signifies for me. Christ became for me a Savior. A Tribute. A Victor. He died in my place. Forgave my frailty and rose again. He conquered once and for all the sting of death and sorrow.

Hunger Games is merely a fictitious novel confined to a book and a screen. Yet I need reality and truth – a real-life, never-ending story. Not just for today, but for all eternity. Hope that lasts. Hope that conquers. Hope that wins in the end.

Easter, for me, is that redeeming story. It is the day Jesus Christ conquered death, rose from the grave, and offered to all forgiveness and eternal life. It is not a game, nor a cruel arena. It is the day He became victor. The day I celebrate. The day He won. 

Families feast and gather together on Easter – a day for family, food, celebration, meaning, and memories. For early risers, here is a breakfast recipe we share…. (Also, see our complete Classic Easter Menu)

Easter Sunrise Bread Pudding Pancakes

Sunrise Bread Pudding Pancakes
- Serves 4 to 6

7 slices white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups milk
2 beaten eggs
1 T vegetable oil
¾ cups flour
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
½ tsp salt

Combine bread and milk – let soak for 10 min. Whisk together eggs and vegetable oil. Add to bread mixture. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir evenly into egg & bread mixture.

Heat butter or oil in skillet on medium heat, or 325.  Drop batter in ¼ cup fulls.  Cook 4 minutes on each side, until browned on each side.

Serve pancakes topped with cinnamon sugar butter. Can also add pancake syrup or confectioners’ sugar, or both.

Cinnamon Sugar Butter

2 sticks salted butter, softened
2 tsp cinnamon
2 T sugar

Combine softened butter, cinnamon, & sugar. Beat with hand mixer until creamy and fluffy.

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6 thoughts on “The Hunger Games and Easter

  1. Kathie Harvey

    Very interesting. I have not seen the movie but have read the books and do plan to see the movie. I like the connection of the Hunger Games to Easter, very effective and how true. I am thankful that my Tribute was not flawed, as Katniss was, but perfect and fully acceptable in God’s eyes.

    He is risen!

  2. Anita Smith

    Jane – FINALLY! A reference to the Hunger Games that is well written, leads people to Jesus, and emphasizes the Truth. I am so pleased to have read this. While I know HG wasn’t your MAIN focus, I wanted to tell you your perspective was a ray of light in my world.
    Happy Easter to you!

  3. Pam Sanders

    Thank you for this post to many people get caught up in those books and movies that they forget the sacrifice that God made by sending His only begotten Son to hang on the cross for my sin and the sin of all man kind. Praise God for His love and mercy. This recipe looks wonderful think I may have to try it.

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