A very blessed Easter to you and your loved ones! Enjoy this day of celebration!
Video Cred: ThriveMedia
Earlier this week, I flipped on the TV. It was on channel 26--my parents' favorite. I'd intended to watch a program on SyFy and eventually did, however, the most beautiful voices kept me glued to the screen. I'd never heard of Celtic Thunder until Monday. And I didn't understand the lyrics but the performance brought tears to my eyes. When I found the translation, the reason for tears were immediately evident to me. Some feelings and miracles are pretty much universal in any language.
See what kind of reaction you have after listening to this... Kinda perfect this Easter weekend as we think about the priceless gifts given to us in love. Oh, and check out the Celtic Thunder bonus video. It's always interesting seeing contemporary interpretations of traditional songs.
"Now We Are Free" (English Translation)
I debated whether or not to write this. Has nothing to do with the topic. I just want to make sure I get it right and not scare away anyone who might be on the fence about their beliefs or not believe in Jesus. Decided it would be okay to risk it as sometimes in life risks are required in order to flourish...and in this case, be saved.
In my opinion, the two most important times in a church year are Christmas (the birth of Jesus) and this time right now. Today is Good Friday, Sunday is Easter. Days of solemn remembrance of unconditional love and sacrifice, and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, respectively. This entry will focus on Good Friday as that is what today is.
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. For believers, it is perhaps the most solemn day of the year and is observed with great humility and reverence. The best and most complete explanation of Good Friday is found in the Bible in John 18-19. Here's a summary (really tough to summarize something like this, by the way):
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
The ultimate sacrifice. The most amazing account of unconditional love. For you, for me, for everyone.
There are many movie depictions of this sacrifice. I believe that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is one of the most powerful interpretations. The movie can be found in any number of sources, including Amazon and Netflix. While it is difficult to watch, I highly recommend it. Here is a trailer (please note: graphic content).
Video Cred: While Mel Gibson is responsible for the movie, God is responsible for the content.
Thank you, Jesus, for your unconditional love, unimaginable sacrifice and for saving us.
"If you give a little a love, you can get a little love of your own..."
Those key words are infused in the following video and based on Matthew 22:39 "Love your neighbor as yourself."
No matter how busy your day (or evening) is, please take a few minutes to view this clever video. It's a raw, remarkable depiction of humanity at it's best. Helping those in need. Shining a light during dark times. Strengthening hope and inspiration. Kicking fear to the curb.
How beautiful and limitless unconditional love is.
We are called to love each other. In all things. Even when those we want to help aren't as lovable or the problems seem unbearable. No matter is too small or too grand to be resolved when we band together and support each other.
Today's challenge: One random act of kindness for someone in need of cheer, hope or support during trials. You never know...your "simple" actions could just save someone's life. Or at least set them on a better path. :-)
Video Cred: Unknown (YouTube member: TheCorpfa)
Music Cred: "Give A Little Love" by Noah And The Whale
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" is an awesome movie. The film is based on a children's book of the same title written by Judith Viorst. The characters in this movie have the ultimate in terrible days. Starts bad. Migrates to worse, then completely awful. Being a Disney movie, it's tragic yet colorful and everything works out good in the end. It's a great movie to watch when in one of those "had-a-bad-day-let's-wear-yoga-pants-order-pizza-turn-our-smartphones-off-and-have-a-blast" moods. Though exceptional, what happens in this movie isn't unusual. Okay, so it's hard to imagine someone's luck as being quite that bad. Happens, though.
I don't know anyone who can say that he or she has a perfect life. Because let's face it. Life isn't always perfect. It can be amazing and wonderful and raw and impossible all at the same time. Some of us are in denial of just how stressed we are because we want to maintain a facade to keep things balanced for those who depend on us. Some of us say we aren't stressed because explaining the truth behind the loaded question "hey, are you okay" would cause the floodgates to open. And some of us know just how stressed we are but refuse to do anything about it because we're either stubborn or the thought of progressive change, e.g., the unknown, scares us.
Nothing quite like a quirky Top 10 list to kick off the new blog. This post is dedicated to all those who are stressed and in need of a smile...and a gentle push to be good to yourself and those around you. Remember, in the middle of chaos, seek balance, rest, relax and above all, have faith and hope for better days ahead.
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