Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On The Way To Easter

My Lent journey took detours I didn't anticipate. I think, however, this isn't a bad lesson to learn about life. Often, our best-laid plans are derailed by a grander design. It's hard to know the purpose and direction in life, and really, isn't that the very essence of faith? 

As Easter approaches, I look forward to travelling to be with my sister and her family. We will attend church services and celebrate Easter, steeped in mystery, celebration, and revelation of Christ's resurrection. It's not a mystery I can even pretend to understand or solve, but it is deeply ingrained in who I am, doubts, questions, mythos and all. 

My visit with my mom went very well and was such a refreshing time for me. She spoils me, and we both enjoyed long, quiet afternoons together. I felt a deeper connection with her and for that, I'm very grateful. 

I also feel new doors and paths opening, some of which frighten me with their capacity for change. But again, I think this is the message of Easter too. Rebirth is never an easy process. But it is one that can bring great peace, love, joy, and purpose. And sometimes it means taking a step into the unknown. 

However you celebrate your Easter, Passover, or the ending of your Spring Renewal journey, I hope it has born in you new doorways of thoughts and a deeper spiritual connection. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
the lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord lift up his countenance on you
And give you peace. 
 
Numbers 6:25


18 comments:

  1. New paths are good . . . planned or not. There are always lessons there. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  2. Happy Easter to you dear Julie! I love this.."Rebirth is never an easy process. But it is one that can bring great peace, love, joy, and purpose. And sometimes it means taking a step into the unknown." So true...stepping into the unknown in so many ways aren't we? Blessings on you and yours. :)

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    1. I believe I'm entering a new season in life. Not sure what all that entails yet. :)

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  3. May all those doors lead to wonderful places. Happy Easter.

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    1. Blessed Easter to you too. Thank you.

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  4. What a glorious time of year! Have a most blessed Resurrection Day, Julie, fully knowing that Jesus took all our mess to the cross, freed us from the curse, and gave us eternal redemption! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful --- and even more than that!

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    1. Mary Ann, I feel like a rousing, "Amen!" is in order. :)

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  5. Happy Easter:) My biggest Lent challenege was giving up sweets, but now that I've gone without them for so long I find I don't really need them. Go figure:)

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    1. Mark, I did the same thing, at least mostly. And like you, I'm finding it's OK to be without them. I'd like to keep on that track beyond Lent.

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    1. Hope you enjoyed Easter and the birth of Spring as well.

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  7. I've found in life the paths that frighten us are often the best ones to take. That's when real change happens!

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    1. I love this Stephanie. Thank you for sharing. Believe it or not, just what I needed to read.

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  8. Hi Julie! I'm so happy for you that you and your mom had a great visit. Happy belated Easter to you and your family. I'm really intrigued by this new, deep, spiritual journey you are on. Please keep sharing as much of it as you want!

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    1. Happy Easter to you too, Becky. Thanks for the encouragement. I'm in a bit of a contemplative mood as of late with a few things on my life-platter. Hopefully I'll find my writing mojo again soon.

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  9. Hope you had a great Easter! It was so beautiful in St. Louis. I want to say it was almost a perfect day--in many ways. :)

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    1. You too, Margo. Ohhhh I have a friend living there and just heard that same thing! Yay for spring.

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