On the Wednesday before Easter one radio talk-show commentator was looking forward to a long week-end (I suppose because he would be off on Good Friday). So, to celebrate the approaching off-days, he played a country tune about having a wild weekend. It seemed to me that the kind of things the singer was planning to do with his free time were a little inappropriate for a middle aged, married commentator who professes to be a Christian, though he often apologizes to his radio listeners that he is not always a good Christian. The song was even more inappropriate, in my opinion, because the up-coming weekend was the holiest weekend of the year! Really! Are you planning to do those things during days when Jesus is on the cross and then lying cold in the tomb? Are you going to have a sinfully, wicked weekend while Jesus is dying for your sins?
Like so many of my judgmental thoughts lately, these thoughts began to point a finger back at me. Are any of my weekend plans going to be more appropriate? Will my time on Saturday reflect a consciousness of the significance of the day? My Savior died! He paid a great price to cover my sin. Will I show any gratitude? Will the day be a special one or will it be just like any other Saturday? What will I do on Easter weekend to honor my Lord? How can I ensure that neither Friday, Saturday, nor Sunday pass without many thoughtful, prayerful, and grateful moments happening often throughout each day? That is my quest: to be aware that these are special days, and perhaps more careful that my actions and activity do not dishonor my Jesus.
Happy Passion Week and Resurrection Sunday!