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Easter Monday

I’ve heard the term “Easter Monday” many times but I’ve never really thought anything about it until my sister asked me if I had Easter Monday off from work. (Alas, the answer to that question was, “Unfortunately, no.”)

As I began to think about the term “Easter Monday”I I decided to do some research to see if it has any spiritual significance.

“Easter Monday, also known as Bright Monday or Renewal Monday” . . .  “is the Monday immediately after Easter Sunday. It is observed by many Christian groups, but primarily by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic traditions. It marks the beginning of Easter Week (Roman Catholic) / Bright Week (Eastern Orthodox).

Different cultures observe Easter Monday very differently. For some, Easter Monday is a solemn remembrance of Christ’s death and resurrection marked by an outdoor procession. For others, there are Easter egg-rolling competitions.

Some of these observances have more Christian symbolism in them than others, but none of them are explicitly biblical. The Bible does not say anything about what happened on Easter Monday, the day after Jesus’ resurrection. The Bible does not instruct followers of Jesus Christ to observe Easter Monday, so there is no obligation to celebrate it. As with many holidays, there is nothing wrong with observing some cultural traditions, but it is important to not allow traditions to detract from the message of the gospel.” (Emphasis mine.)*

So there you have it. Not mentioned in the Bible. No real spiritual significance. Perhaps some Christian symbolism, but still, nothing to write home about.,

My suggestion to you today is to make Easter Monday a spiritual day for you and your family. Continue to reflect upon the greatest gift ever given. Read the Resurrection account from the Bible again. Share the message with co-workers, unsaved family members and friends, with the tired cashier at your grocery store.

It is, after all, the reason God sent His Son. It is the heart of the salvation message.

Selah                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               * http://www.Justask.com

(c ) 2015 Edwina E. Cowgill

Holy Week

Good Friday

“O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners’ gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.”

Good Friday: The day of Jesus’ crucifixion, death and burial.

A time of solemnity and reflection.

A time to ponder all that we’ve observed this Holy Week and to

remember all that He did, He did for us out of His unconditional love for us.

Holy Week

Holy Monday

Originally Posted on March 30, 2015

The days of Holy Week are called Great and Holy by the Church. These days have a very definite purpose in that they remind us of the true meaning of Easter.

By the time Holy Week arrives, some of us have participated in or observed many Easter-related activities. We’ve observed Lent, hopefully with more than just a passing acknowledgement. We have sang in or listened to our church choir’s Easter cantata; we have bought new outfits for our children and perhaps for ourselves. Maybe our children have hunted Easter eggs. There is nothing wrong with any of these activities as long as we don’t lose sight of the meaning of Holy Week. We must not forget these days led up to the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ. And yes, ultimately to his resurrection and ascension into heaven where He sits now at the right hand of His Father.

Thousands, probably hundreds of thousands of people saw “The Passion of Christ” produced by Mel Gibson, a number of years ago. My daughter and I went to see it together. I’m sure there was never a movie before or since where we cried as much as we cried in that movie. But even that movie could not completely and accurately show the suffering that our Lord went through on our behalf. And He did it because He LOVES us. Each and every one of us. The Bible says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:13-14) We are His friends, not only that, we are His sons and daughters if we have accepted Him into our lives as Lord and Savior. His love is unconditional and everlasting. What more could He do, beyond giving His life for you, to prove to you how much He loves you?

Listen to this fantastic song that will tell you how much God loves you!

How He Loves Us – Kim Walker / Jesus Culture

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick

Bishop of Amagh (d. 461)

 

Kidnapped and sold into slavery in Ireland, Patrick escaped after six years and returned to his native Britain. A voice in a dream told him to return to Ireland to serve the people he had met there. His life is rich with stories, among them that he used a shamrock to teach about the Blessed Trinity just as the shamrock has three distinct leaves and yet is one plant, God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit—three Persons in one Supreme Being. Using a shamrock to teach about a central Christian mystery appealed to the imagination of the Irish. They sensed that God is present in all creation. St. Patrick showed them that, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, God is beyond all creation as well.

Christ

with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ in me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me.

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise

Christ in the heart of everyone

who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who

speaks of me. Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity.

Through belief in the threeness,

Through confession of the oneness

Of the Creator of Creation.

                                           From “St. Patrick’s Breastplate Prayer”

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Make It Matter Monday! on Tuesday ;)

A day late and a dollar short…. 😉

Years ago after my divorce, I told some friends that I was done with dating, romance, love and marriage. From that point on, it would be God, family and friends. Nothing more, nothing less. Little did I know that God had other ideas.

Fast forward about five or six years…

I am a wedding planner/coordinator and was preparing for a wedding that I would not only coordinate but also serve as an attendant. A dear friend, Randi, was also an attendant and I mentioned to her that I wished I had someone to accompany me to the wedding and reception.

“I wouldn’t mind an occasional dinner out or a movie, but I’m definitely not looking for someone to get serious about, let alone, marry.”

“You know my track record,” Randi replied. “I’ve prayed for people to find “significant others” and that has happened almost 100% of the time.”

“Okay. Pray for someone who wants to go to dinner or an occasional movie.”

A few days later, Randi called me and had the “perfect person.”

That perfect person was Dave Cowgill and we’ve been married now for almost twelve years. You see, God really did have a different plan. And it was so much better than my plan!

Dave loves me for who I am, and in spite of all my many flaws. He supports me in whatever I do, encourages me to try new things, watches over me, holds me when I cry, and laughs at my silly comments. He provides for me and the most important thing, he prays for me. Daily. Probably more than once a day.

Dave is my friend, my husband, my soul mate. My love. And I am eternally grateful that God had other plans!