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Sunday, April 24, 2005

Passover at our house this evening. Schedules were just too hectic around Easter, so we opted for the Jewish Passover date. I guess this is our 12th straight year to celebrate with our covenant group. What a memorable evening. The lighting of the candles, the cup of sanctification (with the four questions: Why matzah? Why maror? Why dip twice? Why recline?), the cup of deliverance, the cup of redemption, and the cup of praise. Dayenu! Communion. "Next year in the New Jerusalem!" "May the year be filled with peace for each family here. If this year brings prosperity, we give God the credit; if failure, we ask for hope; if sadness, we expect encouragement from each other as we strive to live for God in a world of conflict. O God, please transform us into the image of Jesus, our Messiah. Amen!" I'm so thankful that we're setting 20 places tonight rather than 18. Chris Cope and Austin Lemmons both took terrible blows to their bodies in the rollover accident in January. Tonight, the bitter herbs and the haroseth will carry special meaning as we remember the wreck that sent them flying to Ft. Worth and took the life of their friend Brody. We'll remember not just the bitterness of slavery, but the bitterness of mourning for a child (as we have for Megan for a decade and as the Bourlands are now). And yet the whole meal captures our belief that slavery and bitterness and mourning and death do not speak the final work. God does. He has spoken definitively in Jesus Christ. Maranatha!


  • I think we could all benefit from pondering why is this night different from every other night.

    Thanks for sharing your (wider) family's experience this year.

    May the spirit and power of Elijah continue to fill your ministry, even if he doesn't fill a chair at your table.

    This year.

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 4/24/2005 05:40:00 PM  

  • I have always wondered why most Christians don't celebrate the Passover. It seems (to me) that if Jesus celebrated it, then shouldn't we too? We could remember that Jesus is OUR Passover lamb & incorporate the Jewish traditions into our Christian ones. Mike, is there a good book to learn more about the Jewish traditions - maybe one that puts a Christian spin on them? I'm very interested in learning more, but slightly intimidated. Thanks for posting this!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 4/24/2005 06:30:00 PM  

  • Beaner, I have heard that A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays is an excellent book that discusses the Jewish holidays and feasts. I have also often wondered why we don't celebrate some of them as well.

    By Blogger Karen, at 4/24/2005 07:32:00 PM  

  • Mike,

    What a great thing to celebrate, especially with such a cherished group of fellow believers. I too am praising God that Chris and Austin are able to sit with you around the banquet table as they renew a special memory with your "family". Be blessed.

    By Blogger Lauren, at 4/24/2005 07:42:00 PM  

  • Beaner - If you'll e-mail my assistant (gina@highlandchurch.org), I'll mail you a copy of the Passover guide that we use. The gang just left. A wonderful evening! Lots of laughter and hope. Desperately missed Matt and Jenna.

    By Blogger Mike, at 4/24/2005 07:43:00 PM  

  • What a blessing that ALL of you got to participate in that precious tradition tonight. Thank you for reminding us that the bitter herbs do not have the final word! Praise God!

    Love you, Heather

    By Blogger Heather A, at 4/24/2005 09:07:00 PM  

  • Thank you to all for the ideas & thank you, Mike, for the invitation to receive the Passover guide. Of course, you are now one of the priviledged few who know my REAL identity, so I'll have to be on my best behavior so you don't rat me out! ;-)

    Peace out!

    By Blogger Beaner, at 4/25/2005 06:32:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Your ability to speak balance is amazing. Deliverance is important but cannot come without bondage. As odd as this might sound - your blog often serves as a bitter reminder that this world is not our home. I have a tendancy to get comfortable in Egypt and God uses you to lead me out to the promised land.

    I raise my cup of thanksgiving and celebrate!

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/25/2005 07:39:00 AM  

  • What a great reminder-thanks for sharing! And I am definitely glad that Austin and Chris were there to share that special time with you.

    We watched Luther last night and there was a quote that really stuck out to me and I had to write it down, and thought I'd share it with you (You've probably already seen the movie), but here it is anyway:

    "We preach best what we need to learn most"

    That just really hit me and I find that to be true in my own life.

    Blessings today! :)

    By Blogger Katherine, at 4/25/2005 10:07:00 AM  

  • What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing. Have you read "Mudhouse Sabbath" by Lauren Winner? The author talks about several spiritual practices from Judaism that she either misses as a Christian or has incorporated into her Christianity. It is a wonderful book with some great ideas for all of us in our own worship.

    By Blogger Gorgana, at 4/25/2005 01:05:00 PM  

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