Joy Surprises! — new blog and video for Palm Sunday

We’ve up up a new video for my song “Bethany in the Morning” which I hope can be a part of your Holy Week reflections.The song itself, co-written with my daughter-in-law, Diana Pops, was inspired by the events of Palm Sunday and its preceding day, Lazarus Saturday (as it is known in the Christian East.)

LAZARUS SATURDAY

It is no accident that church tradition celebrates the resurrection of Lazarus on a Saturday (Sabbath), the final day of creation, making it also a foretaste or signpost of re-creation. It is also poetically poignant that Lazarus Saturday falls on the eve of Palm Sunday, the day Jesus set out from Bethany on a donkey to goad the great and final confrontation by which he conquered death by death.

Palm Sunday: What Makes for Peace

Jesus, knowing the kingdom of peace will be resisted with ferocious violence, weeps while the multitudes dance….

ASH WEDNESDAY : Deeper Considerations

“I felt strongly called, even as I made the ash, to make this Ash Wednesday a day not only to begin my walk through the wilderness with Jesus, but also a day to begin to care for the wild places that He created and we have been destroying…”

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