A very, very happy Thanksgiving from my sweet family to yours!
Whew, this post is LOOOONNNGGG overdue! It has been such a crazy season for us, these past couple of weeks since Easter have involved finals, holy week at church, a new quarter of classes, family vacation, a termite tenting at our apartment, and trying to get caught up on everything. And to be honest, for as much as I write and process and advocate for a slower life, for Sabbath observance, for getting a good night’s sleep, well sometimes a season hits you right in the face and things get crazy. And then you have to take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and try and figure out how to swim your way to the top.
Our Easter weekend began with two Good Friday services. These, well, happened on Friday afternoon and evening and are often my favorite services of the church year. This year we kept it incredibly simple, having everyone seated in the round and focused solely on the cross. There were just two of us as part of the music team and our teaching pastor brought three smaller messages that pointed people to the historical and biblical events of the Thursday and Friday before Easter – Jesus gathering his followers together, washing his friends’ dirty feet, proclaiming grace and freedom and forgiveness to all, walking painfully yet faithfully to the cross so that all might come to know God in a deep and meaningful way. It was a slower, somber service that provided the breathing room and space to remember, reflect, and deeply worship God’s ultimate sacrifice.
Sorry for the graininess of this picture – it’s the only one I snapped that night!
Saturday was a day off for us and we knew after a long week, late night Friday and full morning on Sunday that we would need a true day of rest. Well, that sort of happened!
We spent Saturday morning down in La Mirada at A’s sister and brother-in-law’s house – they have an absolutely gorgeous backyard with tons of shade. It was a beautiful morning as we cooked brunch together (just about everything was whole30 approved!) and then sat out on the patio to enjoy the food.
A and I knew we wanted to be home for the Elite Eight NCAA basketball game at 3pm in which Oklahoma (boomer sooner!!) was going to be playing in. However, my brilliant husband checked online for last minute tickets and we ended up finding two tickets at an amazing price!
We scurried on over to the Honda Center and got to see an amazing game of college basketball – and OU won!!
We had worn our OU gear that morning simply because we knew we’d come home and watch the game on TV – little did we know how prepared we would be!
We were so excited!
Still full of energy from the winning basketball game on Saturday, our Easter Sunday morning began nice and early. It was a great morning celebrated Jesus’ resurrection but boy was it also a full one! We had a full worship team with about 25 people in the choir which brought a lot of energy to the stage. Sundays at church are also always pretty different when you’re on staff and, boy, if there’s anyone else who had to run around and work on Easter Sunday, I hope you gave yourself a big ‘ole nap that afternoon!
So, though it is rather late, I hope you had an amazing Easter celebration and are finding ways in the mundane, in the routine, and in the everyday moments to live in the freedom, grace, and rest the resurrection of Jesus brings!