Friday, April 10, 2020

It's a Good Friday

Today is a very important day.  Good Friday.  The day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  Maybe I should call this Best Friday.

My lenten rose has bloomed just in time

This Easter weekend will be celebrated very differently than any I remember.  We may be isolated at home, but we will be celebrating today and Sunday with others via virtual videos.   I need to reflect back on the Good things of this week.  Here is Willow's Week in Friday Fave Fives.

1.  This morning I spent almost two hours skyping with my art group.  We can't meet together, so we do it virtually.  We all agreed that it is a highlight of our week.

2.  I am loving how our community and church are coming together to make masks, both for the medical facilities and for 'regular people'.  I asked for fabric.  Got it!  I asked for elastic.  Got it!  Wow!  Lots and lots of mask making in my week ahead.

3.  Rain.  Southern Californians never seldom grumble about getting rain.  For us, it is a blessing of renewal and new growth.

4.  Books.  As I take breaks from sewing, I grab a book and READ.  I'm loving my reading times.  Almost as much as I'm loving my daily walks.

5.  I read an article that referenced C.S. Lewis's sermon titled "Learning in War-Time" which he gave in 1939 at the beginning of World War II. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who wishes to read it, but I want to share a couple of things in light of our current world situation.  His advice:  Don't get distracted by too much news.  Look to history--life has always been lived dangerously.  Secondly, don't be frustrated or worried.  Focus on your vocation which is what you are supposed to do today.  For me, that's sewing masks.  Finally, Be Courageous during these trying times. [Can you just imagine reading this timely advice during the bombing of London?]   This was a very encouraging article for me.

Finally, I want to mention that I know I didn't get around to read everyone's FFF posts last week.  Right now I just can't go into details, but we are mourning the loss this week of someone very close to us.  Sometimes, I just have to stop and grieve, and I never know when it is going to hit me. I'll try to do better this coming week.


Deb said...

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your to feel God's comfort at this time we commemorate Jesus' victory over the grave. We are making masks here too. I have made several just for Charly and I. I may make some more for friends, but I am not a seamstress. If I get really good with practice, I may make some to donate. We are participating in a World Wide fast today that this whole Coronavirus thing is over soon that life can return to normal. Happy Easter. Stay well.

ellen b. said...

So sorry to hear about this loss in your life. May God comfort you as you grieve. Where would we be without the events of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday!?

Anonymous said...

I’m glad you are able to write of the good things you are experiencing in the midst of the very hard. May you experience the Lord’s peace and comfort through these days. Mary

Susanne said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Willow. May God comfort your heart. Thank you for those encouraging quotes from C.S. Lewis. Thank God for rain for you. And you know books are always a favorite blessing with me. Happy Easter, Willow!

Wendy said...

Really sorry to hear about your loss. I hope this weekend brings you some comfort.

A Joyful Cottage said...

I'm sorry you are experiencing a loss in your life. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to stop and grieve. God gave us the ability to weep for a good reason. Your list of activities is admirable, and an encouragement to all of us who are facing this time of isolation. The good side to technology is that we can interact with each other. :-) I hope you are enjoying a peaceful Easter. God bless you. Nancy P.S. I always enjoy anything that comes by way of C.S. Lewis. Such a wise man.

nikkipolani said...

I’m sorry to hear you are grieving. Joy comes in the morning especially with the promise of God’s restoration. Good to know you and your groups are finding ways to stay connected in this disorienting time.

Barbara Harper said...

I'm late visiting for FFF this week, and here it is almost Friday again. I am sorry for the loss you have experienced. Grief does pop up unexpectedly for a long while. I pray you experience God's comfort each time.

My husband wanted me to make masks for our family. I did his first, since he's doing the shopping. I've gotten all of us now except my youngest and myself. We're home, so there's no hurry--but they're good to have on hand just in case. And my husband thinks we may have to wear them for a while even after the social distancing is lifted.

I'm thankful you've gotten some rain and have had contact with your groups. I've seen one excerpt from that piece by Lewis, but I need to find and read the whole thing.

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