Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday

The Mary in me wants to reflect on the holiness of this day. I want to spend it in meditation, solitude, in comtemplative prayer. I want to give him my full attention. Re-watch The Passion, as uncomfortable and terribly sad as that movie makes me feel. I want the focus to be on him, so that he knows I feel the sacrifice he made for me. If I had been there, I pray that I could have been the Veronica who wiped his brow.

The Martha in me is already making a list of what I must do today, to get ready for Easter brunch and a houseful of family. Sorting out Easter basket stuffings, checking grocery lists against recipes, cleaning bathrooms, checking everyone's closets for Easter outfits. Paying bills.

Tonight I will have an opportunity for my quiet time. My 17-year-old son has a role in the Stations of the Cross at church. He plays Peter. Yesterday afternoon he asked us if he could rehearse his lines. With heartfelt emotion, he put into words what must have been in Peter's heart as he denied Christ that night. The younger two kids and I sat, speechless, eyes riveted. We were all very quiet when he finished and the room was still. For a few moments the TV was off, the lists in my head were absent, and we were all sharing the moment.

For an awesome post on the glory of Easter, read Becky's at The Butler's Wife. Be sure to listen to the music video! Easter blessings to everyone!


Becky said...

Oh! I love this post Karen. That is so neat to see your children really contemplating the true meaning of what it is to deny the One who gave all for us. Bless you and your family this Easter.

Thanks for the link on your site. That was fun. The music video was one I saw on someone's site, but for the life of me I can't remember whose. I do know it was someone I tried to comment on but for some reason I was denied.


Jungle Mom said...

I can relate to the Mary and MArtha part! Praise the Lord He is risen.

Christie Belle said...

Oh, I know that just has to be so special to see your son putting so much emotion into his part. Have a blessed Easter!

Becky said...

Oh, I hope you know what I meant up there. I meant that our children need to learn how awful it would be to deny the One who gave all for us. Whew! I read it again and it sounded all wrong.

Also, I believe the music video has scenes from Amazing Grace, the movie. I have not seen it yet but I understand it is wonderful.

Becky said...

Hey Karen, FYI, I like comments back to my site because they come to me in my email box which makes things so efficient :) I don't have to go TO my site to hear from people. And generally, that is the way I do it for others too, assuming that if they are going to check at all, it is going to be on their own site rather than mine.

Karen said...

Karen, you have given me a great example to follow. I need to be both Mary and Martha the next few days, too.
Blessings and Happy Easter!
Karen 2

Barb said...

I'm a tad late, Karen, but I hope you had a wonderful Easter. How proud you must be, of your son and your other children's reaction, too.

I saw the Passion when it came out, twice in two days. I didn't want to see it the second time but I couldn't let my daughter sit through that movie alone. I simply cannot ever watch it again. It's unbearable to see how He suffered.

Blessed Beyond Measure said...

What a precious special observance for you, of Easter. Through the words of your son. Something you'll remember for years to come I'm sure. xoxoo

PS Your template makes me 'aaahhh' every time I come over for a visit.