Another great song — click on the link Hosanna (Praise is Rising)
Hosanna to the King of Kings!
It is Palm Sunday!
This Lenten season has been so different for the entire world. And it looks like Easter will be different as well.
One of the unexpected benefits to this crazy time in life is that the rituals we have created have been disrupted. Sometimes we create rituals and we are nearly immovable when it comes to changing them.
But many of those rituals we have previously insisted on…they can probably go. Sure, they are our little opportunity to maintain some sense of control over our lives. And they might bring comfort. But are they essential?
What is essential? What is it we truly need? Is our identity wound up in how we celebrate? In how we worship? In how we serve? In how we love?
I think it is natural and ok to be disappointed in the losses we are experiencing but I think it is important not to let these things define us. Many of us have gone on for so long being able to do what we have wanted and achieved the things we were hoping for. We’ve made our plans and have had a false sense of security because they have come to pass.
Now is a great time to pay attention to what God is doing and join Him in His work. I know we are all being asked to do things differently. I know it isn’t always fun. But the whole world is on this journey. And He is with us every step of the way.
Pray for those who are in situations of abuse and addiction. It is harder to find help with all of the restrictions in place and financial strains only add to the tensions and stress.
A bonus song — The Blessing
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Today’s message really hit home for me, so let me start this message back to you with this THANK YOU SO MUCH ! My life has been a series of ups and downs like everyone else has had, ,but I have had to make many large changes in my life that those changes necessary in today;s pandemic are easier for me to face. I am not a strong person ,neither mentally nor physically than anybody else, I am just the same as everybody else, but I have had to face changes that were different and at times difficult , but with God’s Love here I am. I am a Field Biologist by profession, I wasn’t allowed to be employed in that field because in the late 1970’s it was still seen as an improper job for a woman, I tried teaching, there were so few jobs that I switched to becoming a Registered Nurse, I needed an income I could rely on. Fast forward quit a few years later, and that started to dissolve along with my hearing, my employer embezzled so much money I watched him being led away from the office by the FBI, he was in handcuffs. Nursing jobs were becoming scarce, pay was poor and so were the working conditions, time to move on so I did, I completed my Teacher’s Credential and taught. My hearing continued to deteriorate until that was no longer possible, but due to the antique requirements in the Social Security system I do not qualify for disability., even though I paid into the system for many years. Now when I see people complain and moan that their lives are “turned upside down” I do understand, but at the same time I refuse to listen to petty problems that some focus on. My attitude is one that harkens back to working in the emergency room, my reply is “so who called a code?” meaning who went into cardiac arrest ? Changes are not easy, especially if you don’t focus on what is important, for me it is my relationship with God, this is Easter Week, for me it is what Jesus willingly accomplished to save me to have an eternal life with Him. The rest is just small stuff, worrying at times, but that will pass too. Are my Easter traditions changing, the earthly ones yes, the eternal ones no. Stay well friends, that might take some doing, but it will be worth it in the long run. All the best.