Easter Octave: Love On a Grand Scale

Mother’s Day greetings have replaced Easter in the card racks, the bunnies are clearanced and the pastel peanut M&M’s are 50% off (thank you, Mars Candy, for NOT helping…).

Being a musician, the phrase “Easter Octave” caught my ear. It was news to me to learn that, for centuries, Easter was formally observed as a full season, not just a day or even a few days, within the liturgical cycle.

Easter through the following Sunday makes up the “octave” (eight). Each Sunday after Easter is known as the second Sunday of Easter, the third and so on, until Pentecost. All of that to justify for us non-liturgists why I’m still posting this piece of art related to Easter, four days “late”.

Listening to the narration (:55-1:40), I was struck by the thought that God’s hand securely holds a symbol of victory even above the apex of humanity’s depravity as fully displayed. Christ’s Love does indeed contain the capacity to conquer all.

Thanks to a colleague, Mark, who shared this with me, I’m passing it on for you to have a few mid-week moments with. I hope you take it.

How does it speak to you?

 

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Post-Flu and Ready for Resurrection

This is my real life. We’re on the home stretch of a two-week bout with flu—not the gross intestinal type, but the respiratory variety that keeps you awake coughing and pinned to the couch with nary enough energy to lift a pinky. It’s been brutal. Mr. S got the shot, I didn’t. I guess this strain sneaked through. I tried as many immune boosting remedies and DIY recipes for relief as I could possibly find on Pinterest as well as the OTC “tried’s and true’s.” (Thank you, God, for Nyquil.) I’m sure I would have gained several honey-cayenne-ginger induced pounds were it not for the lack of appetite that accompanied this bug. But we’re all better–or almost, and life is getting back to normal. A new normal since Daylight Savings Time happened in the interim.

While I was down, I had the opportunity to face the reality of my attachments. Continue reading

Why Resurrection May Not Be For You

If you can’t stand messes, if you’re a neat freak or a systems specialist, the idea of resurrection may not set well with you. Apparently in its wake, what ensues is pretty much chaos. Sacred perhaps, but still chaos–then Continue reading