April 10

Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover

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“Let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world.” Pope Francis

Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover

Passover and Easter are the only Jewish and Christian holidays that move in sync… Marvin Olasky
Jews have God’s promise and if we Christians have it, too, then it is only as those chosen with them, as guests in their house, that we are new wood grafted onto their tree. Karl Barth


Happy Easter & Passover: How are you planning to celebrate Easter and Passover this year?
With the ongoing global battle to contain the Covid19 virus, Easter and Passover gatherings will be celebrated differently. There will be no church or temple services as most of us are sheltered-in-place. There will be online services and, for families that live together, the celebrations will be made up of just immediate family with no invited guests. While this might seem severe or isolating, it is a time for reflection, communication, and gratitude for what we do have … LIFE. This year, Passover began on April 9 and will end on April 16. Easter, on the other hand, is on April 12, with some important celebrations leading up to it including; Palm Sunday and Good Friday. If like me, you come from a multi-faith home, you’d know that celebrating both traditions brings unity and understanding across cultures and beliefs. This season is a great motivator in that it brings us together to appreciate our differences while celebrating our common bonds.  Raising kids in a multi-faith household taught me that the best lessons learned are not only of religious tolerance but of the recognition that we are all on a spiritual journey and that with love, respect, and consideration, we can see that all roads meet and lead to something greater than ourselves. When we factor in the current global challenges, this must also be a time to remember families that are struggling and consider how we can help others with our contributions.

Growing up, Easter was central to my religious celebrations and I looked forward to all the fun events, colorful eggs, and great food. We attended Easter Sunday services and enjoyed a special meal with the usual bunny rabbit chocolate eggs as treats. When I got married, we added Passover to our celebrations and had Seder at my in-laws. My first Seder was a beautiful celebration of prayer, food, and song. Family members took turns reading from the Haggadah and the serious tone of the readings was balanced by humor, a sip of wine and good food. The sharing of a meal and readings created a bond between those present and a reminder that gratitude to the creator and community effort is key.  When I think about my Easter and Passover experiences, I am reminded that we are all children of one Creator and that faith, family, and communion matter because they pull us together. Celebrating both traditions affirmed and continues to affirm my love and respect for all religious and spiritual paths; after all, we are on a spiritual journey to ourselves. This year, in the spirit of Easter and Passover, let’s pray for global healing and an end to the current scourge. Let’s extend blessings of peace and goodwill to each other and keep hope alive. We can all do our part. I plan to attend a few online services and bathe in the word of God. I will enjoy meals with loved ones at home and contribute so other families can be fed.
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READ: Reflections: Memories Of Easter & Passover…
Motivation Mondays: Reflections On Easter & Passover

 

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa

Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover

The message of Passover remains as powerful as ever. Freedom is won not on the battlefield but in the classroom and the home. Teach your children the history of freedom if you want them never to lose it. Jonathan Sacks
The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. Basil Hume

What does Easter & Passover Mean to You? One of the special gifts we receive at Easter is a spirit of renewal; it is a time of rebirth and an opportunity to start afresh again. With Passover, we are reminded of the importance of religious and personal freedom and sacrifice.  I have always loved the idea of being resurrected/renewed and liberated to accomplish all the things we put aside. Yet, there is more we could learn about both traditions because shedding more light on them gives others a better understanding of why it matters to us and it gives us a refresher course on why it should matter.

What Do You Know About Easter? Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his death by crucifixion.
Easter Day covers the fifty-day season from Easter Sunday through Pentecost.
Easter has a special flower, the white lily, which symbolizes the resurrection.
Painted Easter eggs were originally called Pysanka, and they were painted bright colors to represent the sunlight of spring.
Easter is a moveable feast which means that it is not on a set day every year but falls between March 22nd and April 25th.

As for the Easter bunny and egg, the bunny was first mentioned by Georg Franck von Frankenau’s De Ovis Paschalibus (Easter Bunny Eggs) in the 17th Century. Stories of rabbits laying Easter eggs were shared in Pennsylvania in the 19th century and the German legend of Osterhas told of good children receiving brightly colored eggs for Easter.  The festive air, spirited church services, brightly colored new dresses, and chocolate eggs made Easter one of my favorites.

What Do You Know About Passover? Passover holiday is called Pesach in Hebrew.
Passover Seder is a festive family meal that is shared on either the first or second night of Passover
Passover references the passing over of the firstborn Jewish males when the death plague hit Egypt.
The Haggadah is a Jewish text that tells the story of the Passover and portions are read during the Seder.
Passover holiday has three names: Pesach – literally meaning the Passover sacrifice; Hag Hamatzot – Feast of Unleavened Bread; and Zeman Heirutenu – the Season of Our Freedom
Traditionally, four cups of wines are consumed at the festive meal of Passover night and Matzoh, unleavened bread, is eaten for seven or all eight days of Passover.
Dayeynu is the popular, traditional Hebrew song performed during Passover.
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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for MAR – APR 2020 are:

MAR

03/01 – 01 Zero Discrimination Day
03/08 – 08 International Women’s Day, 13 World Sleep Day, 14 Pi Day
03/15 – 15 Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day, 19 Start of Spring, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World Poetry Day
03/22 – 22 World Water Day, 25 Day of Remembrance of Slavery, 28 Earth Hour
03/29 – 29 Veterans Day

APR

04/01 – 01 April Fool’s Day, Autism Awareness Month
04/05 – 05 Palm Sunday,  06 Int’l. Day of Sport for Devel. & Peace, 09 Holy Thursday/ Start of Passover, 10 Good Friday
04/12 – 12 Easter Sunday, 15 Jackie Robinson Day, 16 Passover (End), Nat’l. High Five Day, 17 Nat’l. Haiku Poetry Day

04/19 – 19 Bicycle Day, 21 Holocaust Remembrance of Slavery, 22 Earth Day,  24 Start of Ramadan/Arbor Day, 25 DNA Day/ World Malaria Day
04/26 – 26 World Intellectual Property Day, 28 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 29 Duke Ellington Day/Int’l. Dance Day

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“A man who was completely innocent offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” Mahatma Gandhi

Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover

Passover takes place in the home rather than the synagogue and centers around an epic meal – the seder – so you remember Passover as storytelling, you remember it in food, and you remember it in the family. Simon Schama
Here is the amazing thing about Easter; the Resurrection Sunday for Christians is this, that Christ in the dying moments on the cross gives us the greatest illustration of forgiveness possible. T. D. Jakes

 

Looking back on past Easter and Passover Celebrations, I  am reminded of why I cherish both and how they symbolize a time of hope, renewal, and rejuvenation. During Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ. By the way, Easter was established as a holy day by the  First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. to correspond with the Vernal equinox; it is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon which happens on or after March 21, the Spring Equinox. For Passover, a Jewish holiday, it is celebrated in remembrance of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It is a celebration of freedom from oppression and is also known as the Feast of Unleavened Bread. May your Easter Day and Passover Season be filled with blessings of love, good health, and grace. Have a Happy Easter & Passover!
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“I really do believe that God is love, one of deep affection and grace and forgiveness and inspiration.” William P. Young

Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover
Motivation 2020: Easter & Passover


When Peace Like A River

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Saint Augustine
It is the hour to rend thy chains, the blossom time of souls. Katharine Lee Bates
What you are is God’s gift to you; what you make of it is your gift to God. Anthony Dalla Villa
People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind. Joel Osteen

When Peace Like A River by Philip Paul Bliss / Christopher C. C. Stafford
Lyrics
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
It is well
With my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Philip Paul Bliss / Christopher C. C. Stafford
It Is Well with My Soul lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Music Sales Corporation

What are your thoughts? Do you celebrate Easter and/or Passover? Do you have any stories to share? What memories of either come to mind? Do share! Thank you.

 

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  • Beautiful images. I am not Christian so I don’t really celebrate Easter and Passover. I have always loved Easter decorations though

  • Someone was just asking how the bunny and eggs became an Easter symbol outside of the church and then I read this! Thanks for this history lesson.

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  • Thanks for the inspiration! I will be spending easter doing some online virtual church related activities, and then spend Easter Dinner with my family. 🙂

  • Easter is a great moment to reflect on our lives and on our believes no matter what kind of religion you profess

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  • As usual, I learn something from your well-thought-out posts! I didn’t grow up in a multi-faith home. But our celebrations encompassed parts of several faiths. You included one of my favorite hymns as a child! I loved when the men in the choir with their bass voices and the women with their altos and soproanos alternated with the “it is well” “with my soul:!

    You brought back some memories!

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  • It is well
    With my soul
    It is well, it is well with my soul
    Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    Let this blest assurance control,
    That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    And hath shed His own blood for my soul

    Thanks for your motivational thoughts sharing with the amazing poem…..

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  • Easter was so different this year. What kept our spirits up was our local community center had volunteers (including myself) make paper eggs out of scrapbook paper and glue them to skewers they stuck them in their lawn for people to go take Easter pictures while they were on a walk.

  • Easter is like Christmas with my family, and this day is usually spent with them all (including aunts and uncles) but this year, I’ve only spent it with my immediate due to world wide lockdown. Even though I didn’t get to see my relatives, I’m still grateful to be able to celebrate it. This is a wonderful post!

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  • I love that you’re discussing the real meaning of Easter. This is something that really bothers me. I spent lots of Time talking about this with my children.

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