Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Obviously I didn't watch the weather forecast for today.

When I woke up this morning I could hear the birds singing, the sun was bright, such a spring filled day, so quickly I grab my new shoes (bought in my last trip to Chile), a short sleeve shirt and a 3/4 sleeve cardigan to be good with my spring weather.


As I drove to work the sky got a little darker ... and darker ... and DARKER!!!! And as I type this it feels like the sky is going to fall down on us at any moment, the rain is coming down hard ... which brings a next thought in mind ...

That day ... the day when Christ was crucified, the pain of a earthly mother (I can bear the thought) the pain of a heavenly father ... no need to say more!

When I was little, growing up in a very traditional environment, in a country where - at that point - there was no chain store, no malls, lucky to have one movie theater, the radios didn't play loud music or upbeat music I should say, instead it was all classical music, no sounds of joy what so ever, it was a day to mourn if you were a believer.

Families got together. We ate yummy treats my mom would cook or bake, the fire place was burning big fat pieces of wood, I can close my eyes and smell it, mmm ... what a comfort ... anyways, things have changed so much as I look back and realize, my hometown has now been invaded by malls, chain restaurants, chain supermarkets (Wal-Mart has even bought the biggest grocery super store chains in Chile - I know, it doesn't sound very promising, does it). So this super traditional day in the life of a believer has become a very commercial oriented day, the long weekend everyone has been looking for to get out of town ... the day to go get your hair done, to go buy something on the mall and PLEASE Let's not forget about the famous Easter Baskets that are becoming like the first part of Christmas - all over again - wow ... how things have changed.

How is it for me today? Well ... the rain has stopped some, I'm still wearing my spring clothes, I'm at work, my husband and son are at home, hopefully on their way to a bouncing place for children so he can take a long nap ... and I haven't stopped yet to think what happened today 2000 and some years ago, the only images that I can bring to mind are those from that movie (The Passion) and it hurts, it's painful to visualized, I can not imagine seeing my son nailed up in a cross ... paying for something he didn't do ... (but instead for something we all have done, still do ... everyday).

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Hard to digest, isn't it?! The greatest gift of all happened today thousands of years ago and how do we remember it? how do you celebrate it?

For the first time since Nico has been born, I bought him a few chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies that he will go and "hunt" in our yard on Friday when the Easter Bunny comes. (Great memories of mine are those on Easter Sunday, when I went to our front yard to collect the goodies the Easter bunny left me - there was no huge basket or anything like that, a few chocolates, yummy treats, enough to make a little girl excited)

What are you doing today? this weekend?

4 comments:

Hi, I'm Amy! said...

Although he's a little young now, I want Wes to know the true meaning of Easter, just like Christmas. I don't want it to be about candy or presents. I want to have have traditions at the Holidays - but I don't want it to overshadow the true meaning. I hope I can live up to my own standards :)

Claudia said...

Well said my friend ... I totally agree!!!

SarahBeth said...
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SarahBeth said...

Thank you for this...truly makes you think and reflect what the good Lord has done for us! Happy Easter!