Welcome to holy week.
The week we experience it all; the exuberance of Palm Sunday, the righteous anger in the Temple, the last supper of a group of friends, betrayal, denial, torture, suicide, death, grieving, resurrection, new life, joy, questions, doubts, breakfast. What a week!
I was trying to think of a certain quotation about life being a race, and I came across a long list. I think my fave is - 'Life is like a Taxi. The meter keeps ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.'
A current favourite movie of me and those closes to me is 'About Time'; the story of a man who can time travel, who can repeat time and make it better. This is a totally different world to that of Dr Who as in About Time you can't meet yourself and cause a paradox. Though changing too much can totally change the present. The main character and his Dad (who can also time travel) both have a different ideology as to how to best use the gift and live out each day to the best - I won't tell you how, that's as River Song would say "spoilers"
Last night I was at a Maundy Thursday meal and communion. Based on an Iona liturgy of doubters, betrayers, deniers, all. we had the choice of getting communion from one of four stations with a special liturgy to fit with that character.
Thomas for those who doubt themselves, others and God,
Judas for those who betrayed themselves, others and God,
Peter for those who have denied themselves, others and God,
and the others, the secret, silent ways we fail, the times we don't wash feet or love others.
It also have 6 stories of the last thing I said to them. Last words are often remembered. What if the last thing you said to someone, was the last thing.
This week's reflection touches on who we journey with. Who have you chosen to journey with. It's risky to travel with people, but even more so to travel alone. Love is risky. Today at the Good Friday service three nails were hammered into the cross, it was a powerful sound. What would it have been like for Jesus' friends to hear, to see.
Jesus chose the ultimate path, my life journey hasn't always been simple, but when you think of Christians in other countries, people in extreme poverty. My life hasn't been hard. Some days I wonder why God has called me to this life path, but then usually one of my friends makes it okay.
I read another blog the other day, written by a mother who says 6 simple words have changed the way she talks to her children. "I love to watch you play"
So to you, my wonderful friends, who I've chosen to journey with.
I love to hear your stories
I love to see your photos
I love to get your emails
I love to stay up all night talking
I love your hugs
and most of all
I love your friendship.
Life is a journey, with its ups and downs, but I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Saving God, it is not just that I find it hard to trust you; rather that I don't trust my own judgement.
Sometimes you seem to invite me to choose a path that scares me. Help me to keep close to you, that I may
glimpse you on the path ahead, follow you and find your way today. Amen