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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.

Again, Time To Write…

The Passion of Creation by Leonid Pasternak, 1899

I’ve done a fair amount of writing in my life, sometimes presented in a public way through websites, blogs, sometimes handed out at training events, even the occasional message in a magazine or two.  But the vast majority of my writing is done in a personal and private manner, usually with pencil and paper in some sort of journal.  But today, again, it’s time for me to write publicly.

I’m not sure how many people will actually read this since I haven’t labored through a blog for a few years now.  But if anyone has subscribed to my posts in the past (as I have apparently done since I got an email yesterday notifying me that I was active again) hopefully you’ve been notified and I’ll have some sort of audience!  Anyway,  I actually enjoy writing these messages, because they help me think and organize my thoughts. It’s not always an easy process, but for me it is productive.  A couple days ago I was reading a morning Lenten devotion that contained the above artwork. I added it here because it reflects how I often feel when I write.

I have been working full time with Public Safety Ministries (PSM) for more than 11 years now.  It has been a wonderful and fulfilling experience.  And if the welcoming receptions and the quantity of  requests for our services are an indication of ministry value, the response from the Police, Fire and EMS communities has been extremely positive.  At some point I’ll be writing and posting a more detailed version of the “PSM Story” in the future. But for now I want you to know, the ministry is strong, the ministry is good, and I am so appreciative for all of the support and encouragement we receive from so many resources! I am so thankful for the blessings, we as a ministry, and I personally have received!

My goal today was to re-open lines of communication in this on-line setting, and evaluate the electronic platform (and my personal skills) we use to publish these messages.  Having done that, I think I’ll close now and start planning how we’ll move forward to continue this effort of developing our public communications. I have many stories I want to share that I believe will be of value as we continue to pursue our mission of promoting and providing spiritual care resources to our Police, Fire and EMS personnel.

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!

Take Care, Pr. Dan