April 16, 2012
This is what was happening at my house last night. I have a feeling we’re all ready to be done with the semester.
Supposedly we just had a weekend. I feel like I spent most of it driving around Colorado. But I got to hang out with cool people because of all the driving, so it was worth it. Just like smiling.
Sometimes you’re supposed to get a lot done on the weekends like all kinds of blog posts and Hebrew and Aramaic and revisions for work. But other times you take naps and hang out with friends and watch Lost. All accidentally, of course.
Remember this picture of this goose who loves to wear sporty sandals? They protect his feet whilst he traipses about.
I will be living at school today, so come visit. I’m bringing an air mattress and pajamas and a tooth brush because I am not allowed to leave until I actually get some work done. It’s going to be a long road.
Also, I am apparently going to Israel in less than a month. What?! Do I need to buy a backpack or a head covering or a camera or something? Have any of you ever been? What should I bring?
Yesterday at church our pastor reminded us of the unity we can have with one another because of Jesus. On the cross, Christ reconciled us to God, and it is only because of this that we can truly be reconciled with one another. At our church we “pass the peace” which is a time you usually just use to say hi to your friends. But we purposely do it right before we take communion so that if there’s someone around who we need to reconcile with, we can do it before we take the bread and the cup, so that we do not eat it in an unworthy manner. I love that. I love that because we’ve been reconciled with Jesus, we can be reconciled to one another. It’s a beautiful thing.
OK, you guys. Stop bothering me. Have a good Monday!
April 5, 2012
I am hungry for a taco. Or some ice cream. Or just to be able to taste something.
Yesterday’s photo challenge was to take a picture of someone who makes you happy. But I was at school and then at the grocery store, and the checkout clerk did not make me extra happy. So here is a picture of My Special. He makes me happy.
Also, the lady at the Judaica store knows me. We’re friends. I went in yesterday and she asked how I was and I told her I was sick with a cold. She told me about their new Passover products. She probably wondered why this crazy Gentile black girl keeps coming into her store to buy stuff for Jewish holidays.
So my small group is doing a Passover Seder tonight. Passover is actually tomorrow, but we are under grace, OK?! Like I mentioned yesterday, God asked his people to remember the Exodus every year by eating lamb and bitter herbs and unleavened bread. So each year, people use a Haggadah, which is the liturgy of Passover to go through the Seder meal. The liturgy includes a reading of the story of the Exodus — all the plagues and how God finally brought the people out from slavery. When you participate in the Passover meal, you do it as though you were one of the people God rescued from slavery in Egypt. Although the first Passover was spent in traveling clothes and eaten quickly, now people lounge and take their time because we have been set free.
You also eat elements from the Seder plate at the meal. You dip parsley in salt water to remember the tears of bondage. You eat a bitter herb — usually radish — to remember the bitterness of slavery. And you eat an apple mixture to remind you of the mortar used in building for Pharaoh’s kingdom.
One of my favorite parts of the Passover Seder is when we recount all the things God has done for us. It’s called “Dayenu” which means “it would have been enough for us” in Hebrew. You say things like, “If God had only brought us out of slavery, but not brought us to the Red Sea, Dayenu.” “If God had only brought us to the Red Sea, but not parted it for us, Dayenu.” “If God had only parted the Red Sea, but not drowned Pharaoh’s army, Dayenu.” And on and on. I love it. It would have been enough — but God continued to act, he continued to provide, he continued to do so much more. He is good to us.
Jesus celebrated Passover. I believe that the Last Supper was a Passover meal, which is cool because we see Jesus using the elements of the meal in order to institute communion. The cup he takes after supper, the cup of the covenant cut in his blood, is known as the cup of redemption in the Seder meal. It is related to God’s promise in Exodus to redeem his people. God did it through the Exodus, and here Jesus showed that he was doing it again, this time for the whole world to set us free from our sin.
It’s really cool, you guys. It’s awesome to remember how God has set us free, to notice the elements of Passover that Jesus used when instituting communion, to eat a meal with friends in grateful praise for all the Lord has done. It is good.
OK, I best be off. Hope you have a lovely day!