It's been a quiet Holy Week thus far and I guess that's a good thing...
Except for the fact that I did have some liturgical projects and crafts planned for the kids this week...Nope, none of them happened.
We did do some cleaning around the house and helped clean the church for Easter.
Rod loves to head this up every year as it encourages the Youth of our parish to feel comfortable in their church and be connected to the inner workings. The complaining that goes on around our house suddenly stops when our kids work somewhere else...Why is that?
Our Living Water Hike was the highlight of our week! (Though our local Good Friday Walk for Life will surely be a another highlight;) This hike is a glorious witness of metaphors that surround some of the meaning of Easter.
Prior to our hike, we talked about how we renew our Baptismal vows every Easter, right a long with the new candidates entering the church. I packed a long a small bible so we could review the scripture verses that I had written down from last year. It was a beautiful reflection and connection, certainly for this weary Mama. Some of the younger kids don't quite get it but hopefully some of it sank in with the olders. Regardless, they certainly saw God's hand in all of the amazing wildflowers and new life around them...It's become a tradition and we all love it:)
Ezekiel 36: 24-28
John 4: 7-13
The metaphor of the tree with sturdy roots by the stream truly comes alive here. Can you believe this is only 10 minutes from my house? We should be out here a lot more than once a year!
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; it's leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. ~Jeremiah 17:7-8
"For I will take you out of the nations: I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you and your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God." ~Ezekiel 36:24-28
This little muchkin carried her blankie the whole way!
"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." ~John 4:13~
Another great metaphor in view!
Dad got injured so it was a special treat to have some dear friends join us this year:) For this we were grateful.
Wishing you a very Happy Easter!
May the spring of Christ's living water fill the reservoirs of your soul and renew your spirit.