In perhaps my most contemplative season, a season filled with dreams of attending my first Maundy Thursday service – I lapsed when it came to my planned observance of Holy Week. At least I thought I did.
A portion of the project I mentioned last week is due and in spite of a little one being under the weather I’m getting the work done. I’m taking the slow road in snippets of intense digging and deep loving with my priorities in check. Among my papers and bibles and text books – you’ll find tissues, soft toys and our current read aloud A Wrinkle in Time. #SeminaryMama is on the grind. Being a mother in school is the scariest undertaking but the love of my children really has added something special to it. Every time I wonder about doing seminary at a quieter time in life God reminds me of the grace that fills my journey. Who gets to write a paper snuggled up next to a 5-year-old?
I said a hard no to my 15-year-old when too many unknowns shut down an opportunity for him to see the new Batman movie. Unknown friends, unknown parents, unknown mall in a distant borough. Add a car ride with people I haven’t met and the No was hard but firm. I’ve wondered if it’s my still homeschooling mama hanging around in the hallways of my teenagers public high school experience or if it’s just me – my parenting style, my fears. The flight out of the nest has been smooth thus far – this rough patch made me wonder.
Still, a walk toward resurrection has not been lost on me this holy week. I’ve prayed about the wilderness and how I see Gods love in flowers. I connected with Kim Hyland about it as we finalized plans for a movement workshop I’ll lead at the Winsome Retreat in April. I listened and prayed.
And …. I was grateful for the full on smile covering my face when I made time for a run and prayer walk when I didn’t feel like it.
Living in the wilderness is making me believe for a wilder yes ( more on that later). Life is good y’all. And my week was holy. Holy indeed.
Today I’m sharing some of the goodness I’ve curated this holy week.
And these quotes … because yeah… these quotes.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther
“Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.” – N.T. Wright
“You are the resurrection when you feed the people and care for the people and when you march for justice and when you hug somebody you were just mad at, when you forgive, when you behave on behalf of God, the love that God calls us to — you are the resurrection.” – Jacqui Lewis
Happy Resurrection Day!
Let your handmaiden find grace in your sight … #GiveMeGrace