Despite the rain and the dull grey of the outside, my heart is still singing from the amazing Easter weekend that just passed. From Good Friday to Easter Sunday we travelled from the darkness into the light and were reminded again of the gift of new life that comes to us. We see evidence of this all around us – the return of the birds singing, the sprouts of green appearing on lawns and in gardens, the buds forming on the trees and the heat of the sun offering growth.
Celebrating the Feast of Passover
As many of you already know this season is my favourite in the church year. For me it is always a powerful spiritual journey that offers moments of challenge, joy and amazing grace. This year my journey was blessed with the addition of Passover. Mark and I were invited to join with several in the Jewish community to celebrate with them the feast of Passover.
What a privilege!
To hear the ancient story, to pray for justice, to remember the presence of Divine in the midst of oppression, and to proclaim the hope for restoration was wonderful.
The Doors of Possibility
I have always felt that we have so much to learn from each other and if we could only get past our fear of difference then the doors of possibility could open. To be offered such gracious hospitality at the table, to be invited to connect with the ancient ones in a new way has left me feeling renewed and energized. Ultimately, at the heart of all our celebrations is the desire to create a better world, free of oppression and injustice, to surround one another in love and to embrace the divine present in each of us.
As we move forward to live out the reality of Easter, my prayer is that we will indeed to able to see new life in our midst, foster and nurture the seeds of hope and love that have been planted and engage in being co-creators of a new world order.
Ultimately, at the heart of all our celebrations is the desire to create a better world, free of oppression and injustice, to surround one another in love and to embrace the divine present in each of us.
© 2019 Rev. Valerie Peyton Kingsbury