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Today is Good Friday. A day Christians celebrate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on the cross, taking our place by dying for our sins. It is rather an oxymoron that such a solemn day would be called good. There are different theories of how the word good came about. One theory says good actually means Holy Friday. Another says it should be God Friday. Well I am not here to debate that. For me it is a good day because His crucifixion and death on the cross led to His resurrection on the third day leading to my salvation when I confess His Lordship. This is a season of hope winning over fear, of faith winning over despair, of life winning over death and amazing love.
I now understand how Jesus’ disciples must have felt on the Friday he was crucified. Probably confused, grief stricken, afraid and very very sad. Even though He had told them he would rise again on the third day, they did not know how that would happen. Regardless of what our world might be going through right now the story of Easter gives me hope that this too shall pass.
Our Easter tradition since we became parents is to visit my parents in Nyanga in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. This year this is not possible because we are in lockdown in South Africa. I wrote a post on what I would do when all this is over and you can read about it here.
What i will do
I am going to prioritize my self care and making sure I find time to take care of me. You can read the post Fitting Your Own Mask First that I wrote a while back here. Below is a list of what self care will look like for me this long weekend.
- Sleep in and rest without the pressure of ongoing Zoom meetings.
- Call my parents and each of my siblings.
- Make a meal that i know my children really love.
- Update my blog. I might as well schedule the posts for the next week or two.
- Finish the book i have been reading for the past three weeks.
There are also activities that we will do as a family.
- Attend the online Easter services.
- Play soccer in the garden.
- Watch Thomas & Friends, Vegetales, and for the fifth time over the last three weeks, The Lorax.
- Play monopoly.
- Convert the lounge floor into the Island of Sodor and build the train tracks so Thomas & Friends can ride.
- Picnic in the garden if the weather permits. It’s been rather chilly lately.
- Do the Easter egg hunt. By the way this tradition has nothing to do with the true meaning if Easter.
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May the true meaning of the season manifest in your life. May your hope be renewed. May your faith be restored. May the miracle of resurrection manifest in your life. Whatever was dead in your life may it come to life and may you experience the love of a saviour who willingly laid down his life for you.
John 10 vs 10The thief comes only to kill, to steal and to destroy. I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly
Shalom, from Mum in Stilettos