Celebration and Sadness

It’s Holy Week.

The week in which we celebrate our incredible Saviours death and resurrection.

He died so we could live.

But He rose again.

And today and everyday we celebrate the sacred relationship of intimate union with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The resurrected life of Jesus bids my sin farewell and beckons me into the everlasting arms of an everlasting Saviour.

Jesus. Thank you!

We choose to celebrate this truth today, remember it and hold it close to our hearts.

My prayer is that the resurrected life of Jesus would change, not just my today – this Holy Week – but my everyday – this Holy life.

This Holy life that requires a daily soul surrendering moment, in full submission to the Fathers will.

Oh Father, help me to be less like the flesh and more like the Son.

In celebration and obedience to Gods Word, and in an attempt to gauge where my heart is settling, I like to pay attention and engage with reflections on a practical level everyday.

So I document my gratitude, my prayers and scriptures in my journals.

A daily walk of sacred solitude with my Saviour is one way in which I celebrate His resurrection everyday.

Thank you Jesus for the wonder of walking with You.

This week has been a special week for my family. Not only do we celebrate the death and life of Jesus. But we celebrate the abundant life He has given us, this side of eternity.

We have had the immense privilege of celebrating a birthday, a wedding anniversary and an adoption anniversary. We’ve also said goodbye to a family home which housed 51 years full of life, laughter and love. These memories we’ll treasure forever.

So in the midst of celebration and sadness, how do we best respond?

While March holds so much goodness, it also wraps up the first quarter of the ever so promising but still so polluted 2021.

I like to ask myself a few questions at the beginning of a new season or at the end of a season gone by:

Grab your journal and write these down, take your time to reflect and respond.

1. What have I learnt in this season?

2. What has God taught me about His nature and mine?

3. What lesson have I learnt through scripture?

4. What am I saying hello to?

5. What am I saying goodbye to?

6. How does the next season I’m walking into, look different from the past season?

7. What tools do I need to gear myself up with for the season ahead?

8. In which area could I cut back, stop and rest?

9. In which area can I press forward, persevere and push on?

10. What vision or value to I want to take with me into the next season or next quarter of the year?

Here are a few scriptures to meditate on this weekend:

“Jesus left the upper room with his disciples and, as was his habit, went to the Mount of Olives, his place of secret prayer. There he told the apostles, “Keep praying for strength to be spared from the severe test of your faith that is about to come.” Then he withdrew from them a short distance to be alone. Kneeling down, he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup of agony away from me. But no matter what, your will must be mine.”

Luke 22:39-42 TPT

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.”

Luke 23:44-46 ESV

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”

Luke 24:1-7 ESV

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”

Matthew 28:5-6 ESV

As we reflect on the sacrificial lamb, I pray that we would begin to walk out a sacrificial life. A life which places Jesus on the throne of our everyday waking moment, our every decision, thought and process.

May the questions we reflect on draw us closer to the heartbeat of the Father as we allow the Holy Spirit to usher in the Fathers will for our lives.

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

Luke 22:42 ESV

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