Holy Week is sneaking up on us. It begins a week from Sunday. If you want to get the most out of Holy Week, now is the time to start preparing.
Once we get to Palm Sunday things will start moving quickly, and it will be too late to get ready. So if you want to REALLY "get" Easter this year—if you REALLY want to experience Holy Week for the earth-shattering set of events that it is—now is the time to start thinking about it.
So what can you do to prepare for Easter? Here are few suggestions for the next week.
Slow down. Create blank space in your life this week. Let this week be a reminder that nothing is more important than your relationship with your Creator. Leave room this week for God, for family, for prayer, for silence. Start preparing yourself—and your calendar--to experience the holy.
At HERITAGE, we’ll even help you slow down. Just join us for REST on Wednesday evening.
What should we focus on this week? Part of the story of Holy Week is the story of suffering and death. It's the hardest part to face, so it will require our focused attention.
If we’ve been faithful during Lent, then we’ve prepared ourselves for Holy Week by acknowledging our sin. As we get closer to Good Friday, though, we should become increasingly aware that our sin is not painless or harmless—it has its cost.
Easter loses much of its meaning if we avoid Good Friday's cross. It's tempting to drive around, though, so we'll need to focus and steel ourselves to drive straight through.
When we read the biblical accounts of Holy Week, we learn that the Jerusalem of the first Holy Week was a place of energy—of almost supernaturally tangible electricity.
So be quiet. Be still. Start to feel the Infinite break into our world. Listen as the Eternal crackles to life. Begin to sense the Ground of Being rumbling deep inside you.
Don’t let anything crowd out time to listen for—and begin to feel—God’s presence next week.
Read scripture. Read the prophets (Amos 5, Micah 6, Hosea 6, Isaiah 61). Hear strong words of justice and mercy and salvation. Hear powerful voices proclaim a future that is better than our present or our past.
Hear in the words of the prophets a vision that challenges the current order of things. Hear in the words of Jesus a radical and revolutionary message that consistently calls us to side with the weak and the forgotten over the powerful and the well-connected.
Marvel at the courage to speak so boldly, and realize just how powerful words and ideas can be.
This is a week to pray. Pray for forgiveness. Pray for God’s mercy. Pray for justice and righteousness. Pray for courage. Pray for a new vision that allows you to see our world as God sees it. Pray for the coming of God’s kingdom. Just pray.
And finally, this is a week to be in church. We worship each Sunday at 11.
See you then.