Holy Week: April 16, 2019 email

I was thinking about you all today. I got to see some of you this morning at Bible Study and I look forward to catching up with those of you I don’t see sometime later this summer when we can get together. I love the community that God has built with us. You are all vital parts, no matter what your part.

 Today was one of those days, you know the ones, where your car becomes the mobile command unit between meetings, studies, doctor’s offices and soccer practice. Even though I was fully prepared for every appointment (a rare occurrence, I assure you) and I knew they would all be very close in time, I couldn’t help but feel like I was physically running for most of the day. But then there came a time in the afternoon when an appointment went short and I had a choice: I could go to my son’s school and wait for an hour for him to get out of school while my youngest took his nap in the car, or I could take the time and go home for a 40 minute rest. I took the 40 minutes. I don’t know if it was the right choice for any of us, but it just felt good to check into home-base.

Now, this week is Holy Week (I know this looks like a tangent, but bear with me). Basically this is the week of several remembrances including Good Friday and Easter Sunday, when we are to bring to our minds and hearts all of the events that make up the last part of each of the gospels and the foundation of our faith. 

This week also happens to be the week our taxes are due, the week we watched Notre Dame burn, the week that people all over the country are feeling the effects of extreme weather… It is a crazy week. 

But, remember, it is Holy Week. Even though, to the world it does not look like the time to take a few minutes and remember our foundation, it is. Remember that. 

It is one of those weeks where we feel like we are running a spiritual mobile command unit from one crisis to the next, but we have to remember home-base. 

My home-base is not a house, or a person, or a financial situation, or a beautiful church that has stood for centuries. My home-base is Jesus. 

So, even if it is just a few minutes, take the time this week to check in to home-base. Because:

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters,

He refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me; 

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; 

my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD 

forever.”  -Psalm 23 NIV

God Bless you all and have an amazing Easter celebration!