Eventually you realize that your whole life up to now has been preparation, and you begin to suspect that the rest might be preparation, too.
I’ve always thought that half the fun of any holiday is the preparation. The day itself goes by so quickly so I try to purposely enjoy those days of preparation leading up to whatever special day it might be.
But after reading the quote above it occurred to me that, yes, we are doing some kind of preparations every day of our lives. Tomorrow is the first day of Lent. Lent is a season before Easter when we try to prepare ourselves to more aware and apart of Easter. Sure I’ve celebrated many Easters, but each year when it rolls around, we sometimes forget just why we are celebrating. It’s not all about bunnies and chocolate candy.
I’ve lots to do here at my house before Easter comes. Thankfully I’ve got plenty of time to prepare. There will be some house cleaning being done and some soul searching too. There will be some gifts being made and some unexpected ones received too.
April 20th is the official date for Easter, and here at my house, Easter preparation will be going on all the 40 + days until it arrives.
Seems like just yesterday, we were preparing for Christmas. We hung wreaths, lit candles, trimmed the tree, wrapped gifts and strung lights. But what do we do for Easter. We dye a few eggs, buy a new outfit and some chocolate Easter eggs and we’re done…All set. We arrive at church expecting that God will meet us there in the pew with an Easter basket full of enlightenment, good feelings and blessings.
This year I’ll be adding to these preparations by creating some room in my heart, sweeping away the dust of bitterness, the litter of resentment, and dispeling the dark clouds of negativity and gloom, so that there will be room for the fragile shoots of hope, that Easter brings to one and all. My Lenten refections will start tomorrow right here on this blog. Hope you’ll join me in preparing for Easter.
The pictures today are of the little gifts I painted for gifts to my family last year. Stay tuned for what they may get this year, if I take my preparations seriously and persevere.