Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

HOLY WEEK – An Easter Prayer

 

HOLY WEEK:

CONTRASTS in Now, Then and Forever

 

Within seven days…

you have  a penchant for

saying so much with so little, the

Strunk and White of Elemental Spirit,

You teach brevity and

economy of expression.

In seven days You

call forth a world.

You consider unacceptable things in seven.

In seven days, Holy Week,

we observe in efficient measures

the contrasts of our humanness.

 

Triumphal Entry where all sayers are, “Yes!”

set against the solitary question,

“REALLY? Not even one hour can you be awake with  me?”

On the heels of that incredible invitation you offered Lazarus to, “Rise Up!”

the welcome was astonishing… a crowd curious for another miracle and

all palm leaves and accolades.

Who knew the thrum of the throng would

quickly be followed by so quiet a party?

One loyal soul willing to help you haul

that craggy cross – and two felons.  Even with

them only one  followed you into a safer haven.

(We cannot forget the hopeful, weeping women.)

Grief and grace stand

side by side in this eight-day “Holy Week.”

On Friday we have lost You and

Sunday, You are ours, again.

Ours, then, now and forever.

The contrasts spill into this day.

In little, or in liturgy…

In ritual, or in resistance…

While I may forget to Name You, then, now and

forever, You lovingly name me.

©mary anne radmacher 2011

Holy Wednesday

For some, today is simply Wednesday. If you celebrate Easter in its cultural capacity it’s less than five days left to feather the nests of traditional grass in the Easter baskets. And for those whose systems invite them to a Christian practice – it is the mid-point between Palm Sunday and the joyous celebration of renewal that Easter signifies.

There is a more somber tone that braids through this day. The concept of friendship and betrayal. You see plenty of that in the news today, you might say?  There is the alleged betrayal of Greg Mortenson to his readers – and the potential that all he has said is so – may not be so.  We face the sustained capacity for and tolerance of  bullying in our own communities.  That is a betrayal at so many levels.  You might draw to mind a recollection of a friend who betrayed your trust – or perhaps you, in circumstances which increasingly teach you, betrayed a friendship.

Wednesday of Holy Week, or “Holy Wednesday” is the day many turn their attention to Judas Iscariot and his famous betrayal of his friend, Jesus.  Hurt feelings, competitiveness, feeling excluded, wanting more attention or admiration than he received.  These are all speculations as to why, for monetary  compensation, Judas would disclose his knowledge.  His knowledge that he was only able to access by virtue of friendship and trust extended to him.

Physicists teach us that there is no “this” without a counter-balancing “that.”   The walk of The Christ that is observed around the world this week would not have happened in the way we know of it – without this betrayal.  Bringing the large and sacred truth into my every day experience:  I am who I am today because I am shaped and molded by all the experiences of my life which have walked me on this road.  The betrayals – those levied toward me and those I have handed out – all become part of the story I tell of my life by who I am today.

And in the context of a balancing point, let me do two things.  I ask you to consider some affirming action toward your loyal friends today – or perhaps an overture to someone with whom you have experienced a betrayal of sorts.  And secondly, I offer some inspiring friendship quotes borrowed from my book, “US:CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP (Conari Press, 2011)

“When I least suspected, I turned around and found a friend.”

“heroic acts and simple gestures offer the same answer, ‘Because you are my friend.'”

“If you have one friend, you hold the hand of the world.”

“You are the time worn pages of my favorite book.”

Bee enCOURAGEd

It takes courage

to let go of weighty parts

of your past.

It takes courage

to find your own

voice.  It takes

COURAGE to

reinvent joys.

from “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar” by mary anne radmacher

WORDS MATTER: WRITE TO LEARN WHAT YOU KNOW

“I was just kidding.”

“Don’t take it so seriously, I was just foolin’ around.”

How many times do you hear those words?  How many times do you say those words?

I am an advocate of many writing practices.  Every one begins with simply paying attention to words.

This video is sweeping the world and inspiring people: with good reason.  Take a moment and allow yourself to really grasp the significance of the words you choose.

 

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