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What Difference Does It Make?

May first. In Northern BC, May is the month when we celebrate Mothers’ Day, Spring, the start of gardening, and the start of camping. We celebrate the end of winter, melted snow, gray skies, and the in-between season mud.

April is over and done. This year Easter fell in April. In Orthodox churches, after Easter would be the start of “Ordinary Time” which is the name given to days between major festivals. I was not raised in an Orthodox church, so I may not be completely correct in explaining this, but let me try. Ordinary Time days indicate the time between Easter and Christmas Advent, and again between Christmas and Lent, the beginning of the Easter season. There are celebrations during Ordinary Time as well, but they are not the “big deal” of the Christian calendar like Easter and Christmas.

So as we move ahead into outdoor activities in the sun, let’s take a day to reflect on the change between Easter and Ordinary Time. We have just spent time reflecting on the life and ministry of Jesus, which ended in his crucifixion as the perfect sacrifice to atone for our sins. We celebrate and praise God for the resurrection of Jesus, forever defeating death so we may live for eternity in the presence of God.

But what difference did celebrating Easter make in our lives for the coming Ordinary Time? Do we spend Lent sacrificing something to draw closer to God? Do we remember the Passover meal in the Upper Room, where Jesus washes the feet of the disciples and knows he will be betrayed by Judas, is a Jewish custom to celebrate the blood protection while the Angel of Death claimed the first-born of families that sent the Israelite nation away from Egypt to start the journey to the Promised Land? Do we feel relief that the crucifixion, as gruesome as it is to think about on “Good Friday,” is not the end? Do we state “He is Risen!” with joy when we celebrate the empty tomb?

And then what? Easter season ends and we begin “Ordinary Time.” If we just leave the Easter season like that, what difference does it make in our lives?

Let’s take the Easter celebration into the next season. In May, let’s continue to look at the Scripture passages of the crucifixion and resurrection so we take the gift of our Saviour deeper into our everyday lives.

We could read the various accounts provided in the Gospels. Each book provides a different viewpoint on those days. The authors were writing to different audiences for different purposes. Their descriptions are just that – their point of view from where they were during those days. What they experienced, or what they were told happened from others who were there.

Another way we can look deeper at Easter is to read the April posts on the Inscribe Writers Online blog. If you have already read them, read them again throughout May.

Usually, I let you know that I have posted my piece there, but the posts throughout April by all the writers were so powerful, I don’t think you’d want to miss any of them. Yes, mine is in there, on April 26th, titled “The Point in the Story” so you can go straight there if you want.

The prompt for April was to write a piece of the Crucifixion/Resurrection story from the point of view of one of the witnesses who were there. Each post looks through the eyes of a different person. Of course, we create some of the emotions or scenes described, because the Bible doesn’t give us all the little details that we imagine. Creative non-fiction is the term used for this kind of writing. Creative fiction is written from the foundation of non-fiction facts.

Let’s take the celebration of salvation from Easter into the rest of the year. Meditate on how perfectly timed the arrival of Emmanuel was during the Roman time. Look at each detail Scripture provides and marvel again at how prophecy from Old Testament passages were fulfilled so exactly. Learn about the culture of that time, which makes some of those details even more fascinating.

What difference does it make? You tell me.

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literature-3060241_1920I am sharing this blog from my friend because it looks like a FUN way to be encouraged as a blogger and to encourage others who are bloggers.

Take a moment to read, and then share your blog information in my comments. Maybe you (and I) will get new followers, which would certainly help me stay focused on the need to post more often!

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Share Your Blog 2019

This post is inspired by the brainchild of a popular blogger, Paul, at  https://captain’sspeech.wordpress.com  Check out his post, Share Your Blog 2019, I could never express this idea the way he can.

I would share his post here for you but he received way too many comments in response to his challenge/request. If you do visit his site, you may end up joining his thousands of followers, which would be a good thing.

Basically, his idea is this – as a blogging community we need a shot in the arm. He claims most of us have been moving along sluggishly, if at all,  in 2018. He’s right, we’ve all seen it. Interest seemed to drop off dramatically and it’s been getting harder to find something interesting to read on a regular basis.

Paul’s idea also appeals to every blogger’s need for better stats; more views and more followers. Today’s challenge is something proactive to increase our numbers.

Apparently there was a time when WordPress promoted community by encouraging the idea Paul is suggesting, and it worked. Now, we need to take the initiative to promote community this way.

Paul invited his followers, and anyone else who happened to stumble upon his blog, to introduce themselves and promote their blogs in the comment section of his.

I’ve gone back several times to see what the response has been like. It has been amazing. Many of us have never commented on his site before but many did this time. You could see that the introductions were getting lots of attention too, and conversations were  sparked when like minded bloggers discovered each other.

Paul always encourages comments and interacts with people when they do, which is entertaining in itself.

Comments have never taken off on my site, probably because of my tendency to hide where it’s safe. Also, I’m an introvert and struggle with stilted small talk. Honest reactions though, I can handle. I’m looking to change it up a bit in 2019 and encourage  conversations. If I manage to inspire you in someway, hopefully there would be a little bit of conversation to be had with some honest feeling in it.

So, here’s today’s challenge: introduce yourself in the comment section. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog. What is it about and how/why did you get started?

I don’t know if Paul’s stats improved any in this exercise but I know mine did (Welcome! to the new followers) by speaking up on his site. I know yours will too, if you comment here.

So don’t be shy, speak up, you never know who you will get to meet and, your stats will get a shot in the arm. What have you got to lose?

I would value the opportunity to learn more about my followers, so I’m personally  looking forward to seeing your comments on here too.

Go for it!

Janette  (I’m coming out of hiding in 2019)

P.S. I’m grateful for those of you following me on this blog, you keep me posting.

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