EATING the Seder

With Easter quickly approaching, anticipation at our house is building for our traditional egg fights and kielbasa-horseradish-egg-mayo "slurries".  It just wouldn't be Easter without competitive egg fights that always mysteriously have a raw egg or two thrown in for good measure.  Nor would Easter be complete without seeing at least one or two be brought to tears for ingesting a tad too … [Read more...]

DYING to Live

I love re-reading a well-known passage of Scripture and noticing something new.  Has that ever happened to you?  It happened most recently reading through the Palm Sunday passages in the four gospels.  Normally I've stopped at the "end of the story" but this time I just kept reading.  And in so doing, I rediscovered a beautiful passage in John that often gets overlooked during Holy Week … [Read more...]

CONSIDERING Alternative Perspectives

I was greeted this morning in my shower by a most unwelcome guest.  You might think something so little, so inconsequential, so harmless shouldn't generate such a reaction, but it did.  Spiders and I are NOT friends - even small, inconspicuous house spiders. As a girl growing up, my bedroom was in the basement of our home.  Most every morning one or two spiders - large, ugly, … [Read more...]

BROODING over Palm-Sunday-Inspired Questions

In yesterday's post I expressed both my reluctance at joyous, palm-waving celebrations and my caution to avoid Palm Sunday nostalgia.  The backdrop and fallout of Palm Sunday and Easter sharply contrast with each other, and through that contrast we can better discern God's plan amidst man's idea.  But Palm Sunday's value also relates to our own faith journeys and experiences. Palm … [Read more...]

AVOIDING Palm Sunday Nostalgia

Sunday was Palm Sunday. I have many fond childhood memories of Palm Sunday processionals up and down the church aisles, waving palm branches and shouting "Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest!  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" Maybe I've become cynical in my old age, but Palm Sunday doesn't hold the same nostalgic charm for me anymore.  Maybe it's the fact that Jesus' … [Read more...]