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Holy Saturday…

It’s Holy Saturday morning, mid-morning actually. My morning chores are done…  the coffee is cooked, morning weigh-in completed, coffee and warm biscuit with jam consumed, morning devotions read, body stretched, bed made, breakfast shared, dishes cleaned, weather observed, snow cleared, work space set… and it’s time to write.

I’ve been sitting here a little longer than I intended, but I’m a bit distracted from the inside activities I have planned. I’ve been looking outside at the beautiful spring morning of Easter weekend. 25 degrees and a few inches of fresh snow, and all of the activity I tend to see on a daily basis outside my window. There has been a parade of  birds, squirrels, chipmunks, cars on the road, hikers and bikers on the trail… all highly visible… lots of distractions…

… Then some unexpected Holy Saturday Parade guests …

A half dozen turkeys joined the parade! (by the time I got my camera out I only caught two for the picture). It’s not the first time they’ve hiked through, but they’re presence added to my distraction.  But maybe distractions isn’t the word to focus on today…

Holy Saturday doesn’t get as much attention as its more publicized partners, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  Here is a bit of what Evan Rosa of Biola University had to say about the day in my morning devotion:  “I don’t know what happened on Holy Saturday. That day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a controversial theological topic among Christians, owing to very limited references in the New Testament and conciliar documents.”   He goes on to talk at length about his perspectives on the day and what it means to him. (If you are interested in more…  http://ccca.biola.edu/lent/2018/#day-mar-31 )

But here’s what I think. I think Holy Saturday is wonderful day to think… a day to think and reflect about the significance of the original Good Friday, and the original Easter Sunday. But also, think about the significance of Good Friday, March 30, 2018 and of Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.  And don’t just think about the chores you will go through on those days inside your normal routines.  Think about the distractions going on outside your routines.  And maybe don’t think of them as distractions from what you have planned for the day, think of them as attractions to new adventures in the new life we have all been blessed with on these Holiest of days!

Enjoy your Holy Saturday, and have a Very Happy Easter!

Pastor Dan.

A Quick Post… An Interesting “Typo”

As I was reviewing yesterday’s post this morning, my first in three years,  I found an interesting typo…

Although it’s still morning, I want to close with a picture of a sunset I took a couple days ago out my dining room window, the place where I do much of my writing.  God is Good, Life is oGod, take time to pause and appreciate the Goodness!

I think it’s obvious that my intentions were to write Life is Good not Life is oGod.  However as I thought about the mistake, it was more thought provoking that the intended version.  Sometimes our mistakes surprise and enlighten us to new ideas and possibilities. Nothing big and profound here, just a new way to look at the words we face every day…

So here is the intended version. I hope you enjoy the day and either version or both!

… Although it’s still morning, I want to close with a picture of a sunset I took a couple days ago out my dining room window, the place where I do much of my writing.  God is Good, Life is Good, take time to pause and appreciate the Goodness!

Take Care, Pr. Dan