Boise usually enjoys an early spring. And given we are high desert country, we don’t generally see days and days of rain. But this has been a long, long winter and a wet, wet March and April. It’s felt as if the cold and clouds would never leave. However, we’ve enjoyed a bit of sun between rain storms and the grass has decided to grow. So this morning I fired up the lawn mower for the first time, stuck the ear buds into my ears, turned on the iPod, and cut the grass while singing along with Patsy Cline (I was in a classic western mood).
Yesterday’s Palm Sunday service at the Vineyard was unbelievably moving. Nicodemus was there to tell us about Jesus’ three years of teaching and his confusion over the instruction that he needed to be born again. Then dancers and singers announced the arrival of Jesus, and in he rode on a large donkey. (The man portraying Jesus is from India, a handsome fellow with long wavy black hair and beard and dark skin.) He went up onto the stage where he fell to his knees and cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now look, your house is left to you, empty and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’” And on that, the service was over. There was such a hush in the sanctuary, I am at a loss for words to describe it.
Palm Sunday is the first step on the Vineyard’s Journey to the Cross. Thursday will be the Passover Sedar. Friday, the church gathers at the Old Idaho Penitentiary where we observe the trial before Pilate and then climb the hill to "Calvary" (Table Rock that overlooks Boise) where the cross is raised as the sun sets behind it. On Saturday, the church will show the movie The Passion of the Christ. Then comes the Easter sunrise service at the empty tomb (on the Vineyard campus grounds), followed by a fellowship breakfast, and then the Celebration of the Risen Christ.
On the writing front, I am behind, behind, behind. Ack! It seemed all I could do today was rewrite and edit and rewrite and edit and rewrite … Argh! I’d rather not talk about it.
I felt kind of at lost ends after completing the 90 Day Bible reading. Did any of you feel that way too? But soon I will begin another reading of the New Testament. In the meantime, I am working on the memorization of Romans 12. Oh, and I’m listening to the audiobook of Heaven by Randy Alcorn. Awesome! If you haven’t read this book (I’ve talked about it in this blog before), don’t miss it.
Wishing you a blessed Holy Week,