16 (u n p o p u l a r) word combinations at Easter

I had great plans to make the Easter weekend a time to shed, since the 4-day long weekend coincided with the end of the 1st quarter of the year. I wrote the word SHED on a scrap piece of paper, it triggered the word blood… and then I just kept going.

But something bothered me when I put the marker down…

[At-home SitAWhile retreat hack]: It’s U N P O P U L A R to meditate on some of these words. Yet if you pick a word or phrase and sit with it for a moment, you may be surprised at what comes.
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I realized that I had been subconsciously thinking about a list of typical words in the Easter story.

The Easter story? The event to which I attribute my worth, my sense of self, my gifts, the reason for my commitment in relationships, my integrity and sacrifice, my purpose in life…  Was it now just a story? 

Deep down I know it’s not, probably just a poor word choice, for convenience… yet there was nothing convenient about that first Easter.

I quickly moved on without wallowing in guilt. In fact as I went back to the list, I saw in a fresh way, that every word on the list is linked to love. Each has a connection, in some way, to the profound love from Jesus to you and me, regardless of who we are or what we’ve done.

If I was to zoom into one word to reflect on, it would be S H E D. 

To stay honest, I choose S H E D only because I had planned to spend a bit of this forced-pause Easter weekend to declutter a bit before going into the next quarter.  I wanted to do a quick check-in on my activities, rhythms and commitments to make sure I was still fuelling the priorities for this season of my life. 

So with this Easter playlist in the background, I did my popup SitAWhile and turned the spotlight on Good Friday to zoom into the blood that was shed.

Easter playlist to listen in the background (over 15 songs)

Death is not my favourite topic, and I know I am not alone. Yet, as morbid as death is, this time I reconnected with the text, “the life of a creature is in its blood” Leviticus 17:11.  

Then as I continued to read and reflect on the journey to the cross, my dead thyme plant jumped into my mind.

The stimulating aroma from my crispy-dead thyme plant stalks made it impossible to simply discard it!

As I use some of my time this Easter to do some shedding to refocus on the priorities, it will be with a reflection of a deeper significance of the Easter story message.

What about you?

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Shaunelle

    Thank you Arlene. I’m glad you like it! Be blessed.

  2. Arlene

    Such a beautiful Playlist. Thanks

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