Playdates with God: A Week of Holy

On Sunday morning we wave our palms and sing Hosanna in the Highest. 

And I am swept up in the raucous celebration—wondering if the stones are indeed crying out. Yet, in the midst of this great joy there is a chilling stillness.

Thus begins the journey to the cross.

A week of little deaths, that’s what Holy Week is for us and I think I understand why the Orthodox Church calls the season of Lent the Bright Sadness. Celebration and mourning take it in turns to stir deep places and eyes are opened to the truth that we cannot follow Christ and remain unchanged.

Will you join me at The High Calling this morning for an invitation to the holy? We have a special week lined up for you all.  

How do you embrace the God-joy? Every Monday I’ll be sharing one of my Playdates with God. I would love to hear about yours. It can be anything: outside, quiet time. Maybe it’s solitary. Maybe it’s loud and crowded. Just find Him. Be with Him. Grab my button at the bottom of the page and join us:

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  1. says

    Yes, a week of “little deaths…” And I mope and fight even one of those “little deaths” in my own life… each day, failing to die fully to self. So inspired by our Savior. How I want to walk with Him and like Him this week. Thanks for hosting us all!

  2. says

    How quickly I have forgotten that beautiful expression, “Bright Sadness.” Lent has worn me thin this year. Thank you so for the reminder of the true Light who makes even our sadnesses bright. May you know His felt presence particularly this week.

  3. says

    The “bright sadness” resonates with the way the previous week has gone. Sometimes tears and fears for no reason I can even think of. Sometimes the same for plenty of reasons that I DO think of — both for myself, and for others. Yet all the while (and on a much different note) I’m preparing for what I hope will be a joyous time with a nephew and family who only visit me once a year.

    I haven’t been able to stay much in tune with the liturgical year, but more “lost in my own world”. Yes, lots of little deaths.

    I think we are all ready for some resurrection/restoration news, don’t you?

    May you feel the touch of the Master’s hand today, Laura. Blessings.

  4. says

    Bright sadness–such descriptive words for the light of the world facing death and, most of all, distance from His Heavenly Father. Then…Easter Resurrection!

  5. says

    I didn’t know where to comment best that you would read it…

    I love the mystery throughout this piece…I think the more we enter what he did for us, what he was for us, what he lived for us, in this pinnacle of His Perfect Love spoken from all time for all time…

    we just fall down and worship and weep and grieve and rejoice and we do it together…and we cling to the fellowship of those we know who get it…the not getting it…the true adoration & humility that comes from a love, a journey so beyond understanding it will be the calling of eternity to pursue…

    so, this is you. you get the not getting it and the ache to know and the brokenness of our humanity that He enters and how we need each other in this…this is you. and I thank Him for YOU:} MUCH LOVE, FRIEND, SISTER!!!

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