This post comes towards the end of the A to Z Challenge. Yesterday was the Letter R; tomorrow will be Letter S.
Both these letters appear in the word Easter. They also are required for the word Risen. On Easter Day Christians traditionally greet one another with the words, Christ is risen. The reply is, He is risen indeed, Alleluia!
During Lent (the weeks preceding Easter) Alleluia is rarely heard. On Easter Day God is praised with alleluias.
Have you watched the film, Risen?
Easter is a movable feast. That means that it does not have a fixed date like Christmas does. Instead it is calculated from the phases of the moon. Western and Eastern Christians do not agree on the date. Easter in the West coincides with Passover this year. (Does it always?) The first Easter occurred at Passover. On Palm Sunday I had to read the words of the chief priest in a dramatised reading. “We must not do it during the festival or the people will riot.”
They were plotting to have Jesus Christ, the Son of God put to death by crucifixion. This happened on a Friday. It is remembered on Good Friday. On the third day Jesus rose from the dead. That is what is celebrated on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season. Jesus had predicted that this would happen, but his disciples had been unable to understand. I am quoting below from my earlier post on this subject: Easter Day
If you are celebrating Easter, I wish you a joyful Eastertide. If you are unfamiliar with the Easter story, it can be read on the Bible Gateway website. The story is told in each of the Gospels: Matthew 27:32-28:15, Mark 15:21-16:8, Luke 23:26-24:50 and John 19:16-20:30 If you are reading it for the first time, what do you think?
I pray that you will encounter the risen Lord and know the peace and joy which He offers to those who put their trust in Him.
With Valentine’s Day being in the middle of February the public library offered a blind date with a book. I decided to borrow one of the wrapped books from the display. There were different pick-up lines. I chose “Read between my lines”.
Part of the label on my wrapped book
Unwrapping it, I found The Wedding Promise by Emma Hannigan. I enjoyed this book, although some ideas shared by several characters, do not match my beliefs. It was a good story mainly set in Ireland and Spain, which both use the euro as their currency unlike the UK where I live. Admirably Emma Hannigan wrote this book to keep herself sane while ill with cancer. She died in March 2018 aged 45.
I also read Angels: God’s Secret Agents by Billy Graham, having acquired a second-hand copy. It was background reading for the Bible study notes from IVP, which the group I belong to is using. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject of Angels and to any Christians, who need encouragement in their faith. Coincidentally Billy Graham also died in 2018 (at the age of 99).
Something, which I became aware of reading these books, was the kind of false comfort that people are sometimes prepared to settle for. Characters in the first felt that a deceased relative was looking after them and seemed to pray to him. The Bible teaches that we are able to pray directly to God the Father through Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. It forbids trying to contact the dead. Praying to angels is also off limits. We may pray for and be aware of angels’ protection.
The numerous posts on social media at the beginning of 2019 setting out people’s goals left me feeling unfocused. This was partly because my health and fitness were low. After an outing in beautiful countryside on a sunny day, I feel more like getting to grips with the New Year. I took far too many photographs and have the material for a number of posts on Sue’s Words and Pictures. I had been considering abandoning that blog, but for the time being it will continue to have a new post each Saturday. I am posting a taster picture here.
Sue’s Trifles has new material on Thursdays.
The category cloud for this blog indicates the main topics, which I have blogged about. The ones I return to are blogging, books, craft, faith, seasons and travel – and blogging from A to Z in April. Many of the others are projects, which have been completed (such as #psalmtweets) or prompts, which are no longer available or which I have tried and found to be too demanding. (I do have things to do away from my computer!)
In the last year books have been the main focus of Sue’s Trifles. There have been some craft posts and very little about faith. As there is a link to this blog on Bible Gateway’s Blogger Grid, perhaps I should bear that in mind when writing my posts. The hashtag for the blogger grid is #bgbg2. That will appear as a tag rather than a category.
One project I have in mind for this year is to do a deeper study than the Ladies’ Bible study group is doing. This will require discipline. I do not intend to publish it online. The books we have been using recently featured in another post.
It was Epiphany on Sunday. I still had the aches and pains I had been struggling with for a few weeks. I moaned to a few friends after the morning service. I hope I didn’t make them feel miserable. There is a time for being honest about one’s struggles. I don’t want to make a habit of being miserable and moaning, but saying, “I’m OK”, when it isn’t true prevents others from knowing how to give prayer support. Galations 6:2
To conclude, in 2019 I am going to try to
- be more focused on my writing
- communicate better with the people around me
- listen more
- be less irritable
- improve my fitness by spending less time sitting down
- use my skills to help other people
- remember to trust God and not to rely on myself
- rejoice in the Lord always Philippians 4:4