Saturday, April 19, 2014

Celebrating Spring and Easter


Thank you Ruth for creating a place for us to celebrate life and life events!

Sun is shining. Sky is blue. I can see green buds in my lilac tree. I only needed my winter coat only on three days this past week. I had to shovel snow only on one morning! I can hear birds singing. My neighbors are out. I have heard more hellos this past week. I sat outside in a cafe while drinking coffee and chatting with a friend. Today, I am celebrating spring!

Yesterday, on Good Friday, my coworker and I had decided to go to the gym. All kinds of things kept popping up during the day. Before we even realized, it was evening. Tiredness was overcoming the desire to exercise. Go to bed early and get up early to go to the gym this morning was the decision. I got up early. Had my protein shake. Drove to the gym in a beautiful sunshine! I am celebrating morning accomplishments! I feel energized! Perhaps these early morning workouts will become a habit during this spring and summer.

Changes are happening at work. Many people are wondering what the end results will be. Uncertainty is all around us. Students are also getting anxious for summer. Tempers are flaring. It is wonderful to know that I can pray and ask others to pray. I am celebration faith network that sustains me when I need the support of others.

Yesterday was a beautiful day! In English, yesterday is called "Good Friday." In Finnish we call it "Long Friday."  In Chinese, it is called "Suffering Day." All week I kept thinking about the translations and their meanings. So today, I am celebrating Jesus who suffered so much on that day long time ago. He suffered so that I could embrace His grace and mercy. The day must have felt very long for him. But because of his suffering, I am able to celebrate a good day. I am celebrating freedom that comes through His mercy and Grace.

What are you celebrating today?


14 comments:

  1. Tempers are flaring. It is wonderful to know that I can pray and ask others to pray. I am celebration faith network that sustains me when I need the support of others.

    I find too that craziness is happening around me. I need a way to detach so I am not swallowed by it all. Prayer and meditation....and faith that everything will turn out as it should. Thank you for this post.

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    1. Love reading your poetry! Detach is a good word. Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. Good to read your words and to be in your company.

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  3. I'm happy to hear you've had such a lovely week, Jaana. It is a transition time at school, and May dates keep filling up, too, don't they? Hope next week smooths out a little more for you.

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    1. I can't believe how close we are to the end of the school year!

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  4. Interesting translations do Good Friday. The arrival of spring is something to celebrate. Hopefully there will be no shoveling of snow this week or next.

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    1. Last few days have been so beautiful; sleeping windows open!

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  5. Your celebrations are filled with change. Some pure and simple joy, others a little anxiety and maybe a little craziness! Seems like when the weather turns -- all sorts of things pop up! Enjoy what looks like spring, your Easter and next week!

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  6. Happy Easter - Your Good Friday sounded like a Great Friday!

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    1. It was! Hope your holiday was special also!

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  7. Happy Easter! I, too, am so grateful for a supportive faith network! Praying for the uncertainty and the changes...may they all be positive! :)

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