It’s hard to believe that it’s time for an end-of-month post already, but I always enjoy the chance to look back and reflect! Once again, I’m using the Share Four Somethings format from Heather Gerwing’s link-up, and also linking with some other blogs listed at the end of the post.
I always love celebrating Easter, and having time off work during Holy Week this year was a blessing, providing time and space to relax and reflect.
Two of my particular highlights were musical. On the Thursday before Easter, I attended a performance of “The Crucifixion” by John Stainer – an extended choral work reflecting on the story of the Crucifixion and its significance. I had heard excerpts of it before but never listened to the whole thing. Both the music and the lyrics are beautiful, and it was the perfect way to focus on the Cross and remember all that Jesus did for us.
If you’d like a little taste, the most famous part is a beautiful unaccompanied hymn reflecting on John 3:16-17 – “God So Loved The World.”
Of course, following the Crucifixion there is the Resurrection, and on Easter Sunday, I got to play in a concert entitled “Resurrection,” celebrating that. Whereas the first concert had been quiet and reflective, this one was loud, joyful, and full of energy, and it was amazing to have over 1000 people gathered in one place to celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive!
Undoubtedly one of the blessings of having slightly more time to think this month has been the ability to hear God more clearly. I could list several ways he has spoken to me this month, but I’ve chosen to share this one, partly because it’s kind of weird!
I was walking along a busy city street going to a meeting when I approached a crossroads with pedestrian crossing lights. Just as I was about to slow down, the pedestrian light turned to green, so I was able to keep walking straight across the road.
Then I spotted a woman standing at the other side of the crossing frantically pressing the button to try to change the lights and stop the traffic. She was completely oblivious to the fact that the lights had changed and the traffic had already stopped. If she had only looked up, she would have seen that it was perfectly safe to cross.
As I was marvelling at her complete lack of awareness, it suddenly hit me that this is how I sometimes am with God – looking for a sign, searching for reassurance and confirmation, getting caught up in what I need to do to make it happen – when he has already told me what to do and I just need to look up and focus on him, then step out and get on with it!
This month I got to begin learning something I’ve wanted to for years – British Sign Language! My friend discovered an introductory course at our local community centre, so we went along.
I already knew some BSL from a programme I use in schools as part of my work. The strange thing is that while I could give you a summary of the Bible in BSL, I had never learned any of the normal words and phrases you might use in conversation!
So now at least I know how to say hello, how to introduce myself, and how to tell you a bit about myself and my family before I plunge right in to talking about the Bible!
Healing Every Day is a new devotional coming soon from Mary DeMuth. It is a 90 day journey through Scripture aimed at anyone who is on a journey of healing from loss or trauma. It focuses on Scriptures that have been particularly significant to Mary DeMuth in her own journey of healing, and it uses texts from each book of the Bible, showing how God’s heart for the broken and power to heal are revealed through the whole of Scripture.
Each day’s reading consists of a few verses of Scripture, a short devotional thought and a prayer, so it can be completed in around five minutes, though of course you may want to take more time to reflect and pray. It is full of wisdom and encouragement – both from Scripture and from someone who has walked a long, hard journey of healing and gained valuable insights along the way.
How was April for you? Feel free to share a highlight in the comments.
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