2004-03-05 19:37:04 (UTC)

Lenten Covenant Dinner

The book I'm reading now is by the same author as "When Bad
Things Happen to Good People". It was this book which
helped me regain my faith in God many years after I lost it.
You can find more information here:
There were seven of us at last night's lenten covenant
supper. We had homemade chicken noodle soup, bread and
butter, salad, milk and grapes. We read a Bible verse and
discussed it and then planted seeds in little peat pots to
take home. The Bible verse we read included:
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls
into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but
if it dies, it bears much fruit.
John 12:24

We also each spoke about the times in the past week when we
felt close to God and when we felt separated from Him, when
we had had a missed opportunity to connect with God and what
we planned to do next week to connect with Him.

We had talked about these last week so this week I was more
prepared to answer. For the last couple of weeks I've been
enjoying the daffodils blooming at the side of the highway
alongside a house down the road that I drive every day when
I bring Hugh to school. I confirmed last night with Carol
that the bulbs were indeed planted many years ago by the
elderly couple who live in the house, John and Claudine, so
I wrote them a thank you note, telling them how much
pleasure seeing the daffodils every day gave me. I had a
note card with daffodils on it and planned to use that. This
morning I realized it was a get well card but it was easy
enough to cut out the picture and glue it to a blank card.
It's already ready to be mailed.

Pastor Ruth again talked about the movie, The Passion of the
Christ. She told us that she loved how Mary had been
portrayed. I had wondered about that. I can imagine what
it must have been like to see your son suffering as Mary
watched Christ suffer. She told us in one scene Mary is on
a side street watching Jesus carrying the cross when He
stumbles. There's a flashback to when He stumbled as a
little boy and she runs to Him. Then it comes back to the
present and we see Mary running to her now grown son. I
would like to see this movie but the reports of the horrific
violence disturbed me. Now I don't think I could see it
because of the portrayal of Mary. It would be too overwhelming.

She also told us that there was a scene at the end of the
movie showing the Resurrection and she was also very happy
with how it was done. First you see a body wrapped in
linen, then the linen starts to go down until all that's
left is the linen. Then you see Jesus, sitting at the end
of the tomb. Very simple and very, very effective.

I asked Pastor Ruth after our dinner if she would be willing
to bless the burial gowns and the hats for premature babies
I'm making. She said she would be very, very happy to do
that and would like to do it during a worship service so
that's what we're going to do.