Freerange Friday: Practically Easter – Godspacelight

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By Lilly Lewin

I’ve been employing a hashtag this week on instagram #almostEaster. It actually is practically Easter, but there are essential points that occur this weekend just before the celebration on Sunday. Right here are two poems to assistance you method Great Friday and Holy Saturday. Sit with the 1 that resonates with you. Print it out, our print out each. Ponder the poem or poems as you take a stroll, or sit someplace quietly. You may possibly draw something  or journal some in response. What if you didn’t know that Sunday was coming? What if you didn’t have any hope of an Easter and the resurrection? Don’t forget, that is just what the disciples faced that weekend.

You may possibly take time to watch the Gospel of John on Netflix or the wonderful documentary referred to as ‘ Jesus Count Down to Calvary” narrated by Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey to assistance you engage the feeling just before the hope of resurrection.

May perhaps we recall the silent tomb and the despair of uncertainty of that sabbath day so lengthy ago, just before we rush to celebrate this Sunday.

God on a Stick by Paul Hobbs

They spit on his face and then they crucify him.
Jesus our Lord
He dies as a sinner
He dies as a blasphemer,
as an idolater,
as 1 who denies God
As 1 who betrays him

I stand just before the cross and wonder
He is not guilty of these points but requires our location

He dies as 1 who boasts,
who gossips
As 1 who dishonors his parents
As a cheat, as a liar, as a thief
He dies as a fraud and an embezzler

I stand just before the cross and worry
He is not guilty of these points but requires our location.

He dies as a sinner
He dies as 1 with evil thoughts
As a slave to lust, as a fornicator
As an adulterer, as an abuser of young children

I kneel just before the cross and weep
He is not guilty of these points but requires our location.

He dies as 1 complete of jealousy
As 1 who is selfish, unkind and rude
As 1 who destructively manipulates other folks.

As 1 who envies and hates
He dies as a sadist
As 1 who destroys and murders

I pray just before the cross and rejoice
He is not guilty of these points but requires our location
He is not to blame but dies to take the blame for us.

He is dying to forgive us

Stand, stand…
And watch Jesus die
Alone and with nothing…
God on a stick.

The Day just before Easter by Lilly Lewin

the day just before easter

the Light of the World…
pierced our darkness,
set us cost-free

we did not notice him
we anticipated a thing else
we wanted our personal impression of a savior

not 1 who died and was buried
not 1 who suffered
not 1 who was condemned

the Light of the Planet ….
pierced our darkness
set us cost-free

we missed the present
we closed our eyes
we didn’t recognize

we didn’t want to listen
when he mentioned he had to die
we denied him
we betrayed him
we got scared and ran away

the Light of the World…
pierced our darkness
set us cost-free

we took him down
we wrapped him with spices
we buried him in the tomb
we couldn’t even mourn him there
we have been afraid
it was the sabbath

the Light of the Planet
who pierced our darkness
was no longer….

the Light, our Light, was gone
snuffed out, buried in the cold stone tomb

no hope,
no joy,
no laughter on this sabbath day…

lilly lewin April 2004

©lilly lewin and freerangeworship

Freerange Friday: Practically Easter was final modified: April 19th, 2019 by Lilly Lewin

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