Holy Week 2021

I start every day the same, with this simple prayer, “God make me 1% better today than I was yesterday.” Some days I succeed, some days I don’t.

As I drive to work, I pass a sign that says, “Just love everyone, I’ll sort ’em out later. – GOD”

I do my best to let these two messages be my guiding lights. Like I said, some days I succeed, some days I don’t, but like everyone else, I am a work in progress.

As we start our journey of Holy Week, I was thinking this morning, as a society we have forgotten the promise of that Holy Week so many centuries ago.

When I was a child, I was taught that Jesus went to the cross for ALL of our sins. He didn’t do it for men, or women, or whites, blacks, Asians, gay, straight, rich, poor, Republican or Democrat, he died and three days later rose from the dead for ALL of us.

I have always taken comfort in that promise of the death and resurrection in knowing that Jesus did it as much for me as he did anyone else. I am no more or less important than anyone else. I’m not worthy of that grace, and neither are you, but our Lord gave it to each of us, a gift we should embrace and respect, it was for ALL who believe.

Sadly, I think many of us, myself included, often times forget the ALL of us part.

Maybe, just maybe, if we thought more about the ALL of us part of the Holy Week promise and less about our differences in race, sex, status and beliefs we would all be better off and more like Christ.

What Would Jesus Do? He Would Love First.

Easter Sunday…. I’ve Just Seen Jesus by Larnelle Harris & Sandi Patty

Holy Week Playlist… Via Dolorosa performed by Sandi Patty

 

Holy Week Playlist….. Communion Song performed by Jonathan Stockstill & Bethany Worship

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day that begins the sadness and reflection of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the “last supper” of Jesus and his Disciples.  The night when the betrayal took place and Jesus eventual walk to the cross began.

I had never commemorated Maundy Thursday until I moved to Florida.  The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches taught me about this night and the recognition of the evening.

Services for Maundy Thursday are solemn and filled with self-reflection, coupled with the Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk, these are my favorite two Holy Week services.

Since moving back to Georgia, I haven’t found either service, I miss them.

Tonight I will reflect on what is to come and remember, Sunday is Coming!

Holy Week Playlist…. Passion Song by Sean Carter