Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The start of this week is the time Christians traditionally celebrate as Holy Week. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday.
For many people every day – including Sunday – is the same and nothing changes. But for many others certain days are symbolic and hold special meaning. Holy Week is not a holiday; it is not a national observance but a religious one.
I celebrate or observe Holy Week for special reasons. After hearing my reasons below you might see some personal or spiritual benefits that you could derive as a result of how you use this special week. And those who celebrate it may get some additional ideas as to how to derive even more benefit from it.
During Lent, especially during Holy Week, I spend a great deal more time for meditation and reflection than I do at other times. Holy Week is one of those times when I purposely slow down.
We are creatures of habit and we tend to go, go and go until something happens that prevents us from going. But it is good to have some alone time.
For most of us we have to plan it, it must be something we purposely arrange as we would vacation time.
Make it a time for you to think and reflect. I find meditation and reflection inspiring and invigorating. I would even say soothing. There are some ideas and thoughts that come to your mind that you would never think of during the hustle and bustle of your everyday life.
We cannot be so busy doing that we have no time to reflect on self. Many people are so busy doing that they have no time to think about what they are doing.
Doing is important but being is more important, and our being determines how effective we will be at our doing. I guess I would say in paraphrasing Lincoln “If I had 12 hours to cut down a tree I would spend the greater part sharpening my axe.” Most of us are busy cutting away with a dull axe.
Identify one or two areas where you would like to make changes or improvements. There is always room for improvement in all of us. What do you feel dissatisfied with the most, or what would you like to do more of that would add to the quality of your life? Make a note of it and target it as a spring cleanup project; meaning you will begin to work on it during spring so that when summer rolls around you have something to celebrate about.
For me meditation and reflection is inseparable from prayer. I benefit most in communing with self when I also commune with my Creator. Being able to talk to God about any and everything keeps me going and focused.
Life and its demands can take a lot out of us and wear us down. But knowing that there is a God who is there that understands me and I can talk to about any and everything makes all the difference in the world.
Real communion for me is not just with self, but with Him.
May you have an experience of renewal and newness permeating your life, and may an infusion of freshness invade your life this Easter. May the resurrection story have real meaning for you.