I Long To Set Apart Holy Week

March 22, 2008 at 7:16 am 4 comments

Not in a ritualistic way, but in a “holy” way. 

Holy literally means to be “set apart”.

There are so many overlapping everts today, this week.  My soul years to sit still, reflect, meditate… soak in the meaning of “a Holy Week”, read related readings ,to be inspired and renewed by all that was done for me. 

Meetings, agendas, issues, so easily crowds out that sense of “holy”.  But, I try…a few new books to support Wal*Mart’s attempts at a Christian book area for the season, excellent movies that captivate me to midnight watching on TBN, photos of flowers in the store as I pass by (like the new one in my header…isn’t she a beauty?  I couldn’t resist taking part of her home with me–that was me, taking a photo of a flower in the front of the store at Wal*Mart).   

Yet, work must be done:  Easter eggs to boil, hunts, birthday parties, ironing, team meet today away, hair to roll, house to tend to, trips to take, turkey to bake, laundry to fold, debit card to rescue from the safe at Wal*Mart (thank the Lord it was turned in, though I put a freeze on it yesterday when I realized it was gone). 

Lord, help me give all I do as an offering to you, enjoying the embracing of your priorities for family, life, and love. 

Let it all not continue to feel a distraction from a “holy week”, but executing it as one made holy through your sacrifice, one “set apart”, made fit for service.

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  • 1. Cindy  |  March 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I love the flower. I know what you mean about busy. My kids are at a place that they take care of a good deal of their own needs. But, still, I miss the days of being where you are with the kids. Enjoy, there will be days to come for quiet and contemplation.
    Love ya
    C

  • 2. Kimberly  |  March 22, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I was just thinking last night how quiet my house was. F was asleep by 8:30, L and C have gone to Lexington for state tournament and Coach A had a baseball game. My kids have their own lives now and there are no “kid’s activities” for us to adhere to. Part of me misses that, but it does give me more time to be in the Word, read, and give of my time in other places. Like Cindy said, enjoy your days now….they will soon be gone

  • 3. -bill  |  March 22, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    May God’s richest blessings be yours as you reflect on the extent of His love demonstrated through the death His Son on the cross and the awesomeness of His power exhibited through the resurrection.

    To God be the glory!

    -bill
    a spiritual oasis

  • 4. ~E  |  March 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I was thinking about that this morning as I was driving to church. Son was mad because he had to wear khakis to church today instead of jeans. Daugher was grumpy and tired. I was frustrated because the kids were not cooperative for Easter pictures. I told the kids as I was driving that today was supposed to be a day of joy and every one in our vehicle was sulled up like bullfrogs! I really wanted to set this time apart as Holy and I was caught up in the trappings of how we looked, etc. But we got to church and one of the first things in the service was some of the younger girls (K-3rd grade) dressed in flowing white robes doing an interpretive movement to “Were You There?” with a wooden cross in the background. Very moving. I found my Holy moment in all of the hub-bub. The hassles of the morning faded away…and I was able to reflect on what Jesus did for me on that cross and worship my Risen Savior!

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