Saturday, March 22, 2008

Reflections of Holy Week

Today is Saturday of Holy Week.

This is my first year celebrating Holy Week and Easter within the Episcopal community. What an experience this week has been!

I heard this statement from a church member before Lent began. He said "People often ask why we Episcopalians don't have revivals like other churches do." He went on to say that he realized that we do have a "revival", and that time is called "Lent and Holy Week". I couldn't quite see what he meant then. Now, I absolutely agree!

During this week, I've become increasingly physically tired, as I've added a church service to each day's activities. In church, we've heard messages lamenting that the 3 religions believing in the "God of Abraham", Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, just CANNOT get along peacefully. We've been asked to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem". We've remembered the events over 2000 years ago, leading up to Jesus' crucifixion. We've spent extra time in prayer, remembering how Jesus asked his disciples "Could you not watch with me one hour?"

Today is a day "between", awaiting the joy of Jesus' resurrection.

Meanwhile, may we all find a way to live together peacably.

And, I'd like to end by quoting a T-shirt I saw recently.

"God bless the whole world --- NO EXCEPTIONS!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Where do I go?

Where do I go?

Where do I go
when my mind disappears.....?
Can anyone help me?
Is there someone who hears?

Silly me, don't I know
God can calm all my fears?

No need to run,
There is no need to hide.........
I'll always have help!
If in Him I'll abide

Silly me, yes I know
God can calm all my fears!

-------- original poem, written today, March 11, 2008