From Mother Laura at RevGalBlogPals...
Can you believe Daylight Savings Time is here already? It's hard to get used to the new, earlier onset. My family has been getting up and out a little late and a little sleepy in the mornings. And can you believe that in two days it will be Palm Sunday for Western Christians?
Our Lent is almost over, while our Orthodox sisters and brothers, whose liturgical year follows the older Julian calendar, are just starting theirs. Nicholas did a recent book report on George Washington, and we were surprised to find out that our first President's birthday was originally Feb. 11, since he was born just before the change to the Gregorian calendar. Apparently the change almost caused rioting, as some indignant people were sure that they were being cheated out of eleven days of their lives!
To help you adjust--and enjoy the process--here's a Friday Five about time and transitions....
1. If you could travel to any historical time period, which would it be, and why?
Well... that's a difficult question to answer. I'm a romantic and there are lots of historical times that seem romantic when I'm watching movies. But those are the movies that don't have lynchings!
So... I think I would pick the time when Jesus walked among us. If I were going back to that time, with everything I know now, and I could get just half an hour or so alone with Him, I could get A LOT of questions answered. And I could offer a few suggestions about ways He has been misunderstood and what He might like to emphasize in His next few talks with the crowd of followers.
2. What futuristic/science fiction development would you most like to see?
The ability to remove painful memories, beliefs and feelings from our cells and every other place they live and hide in an instant and to implant things like security, attachment, safety, self-confidence, optimism, faith, etc.
That can be done now with energy healing but not in an instant. And undoing years of damage can take a long time!
3. Which do you enjoy more: remembering the past, or dreaming for the future?
I love to anticipate good things!!
Whether it's five minutes from now, later tonight, this summer or next year. If I am actively remembering "the past", it is usually feelings. Like how it feels to be held in my wife's arms. Or how it feels to take a walk by the trees in full sunshine with a soft breeze.
4. What do you find most memorable about this year's Lent?
I set an intention to develop a closer, deeper relationship with God and that has been happening!
I even have been enjoying reading the Bible, when normally, I experience some approach-avoidance conflict just at the thought.
5. How will you spend your time during this upcoming Holy Week? What part do you look forward to most?
Well, the church has a lot going on and I'm looking forward to that, but I'm also looking forward to finishing the Last Week by Marcus Borg & Dominic Crossan.
That and the Wed. night Bible study where we're looking at the final week are what I'm most looking forward to, although I'm sure waking up on Easter Sunday will also feel pretty good.
I always wake up hearing the Easter Song in my head! :)
"Hear the bells ringing, they're singing that you can be born again..."