The Trumpet of Imagination for Easter Thursday

Happy Resurrection, friends! While the Easter Octave continues through Sunday, this will be the final post until next week. I'll be away this weekend for my final residency and graduation for my spiritual direction certification . I’m excited to share some of the experience with you next week!

May you know new life, peace, and hope today, tomorrow, and forever. Easter Sunday kicks off a week in the liturgical calendar known as the Easter Octave and a seven-week festival called Eastertide or The Great Fifty Days.

Hallelujah! Christ is risen!

 

Holi from Variable on Vimeo.

“The trumpet of imagination, like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their graves…The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”—G. K. Chesterton


Read: Psalm 146, 147; Ezekiel 37:1-14; 1 Corinthians 15:41-50; John 15:12-27

Sunday Scripture readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year C). Daily Scripture readings are taken from the Book of Common Prayer (Year 1) with the Psalm for the Morning Office.

Pray:

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer, Collect for Easter Thursday

Listen:

Resurrection 2019 playlist on Spotify. You can add it to your account by clicking ‘Follow.’

Do:


In previous years, we've celebrated the Great 50 Days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday (aka, Eastertide) with a series I've dubbed Practice Resurrection (after the Wendell Berry poem). It's one of my favorite series all year, and I'm excited to start again. I need your photos and captions to make it work. To help prime the pump, I thought you might enjoy the list of ideas I brainstormed for simple ways to practice resurrection.

Choose 1 idea or 50, but whatever you do, do it with gusto!

Here's how you can share your photo stories with me for the blog:

1. Add something to your day that helps you practice resurrection (one day or fifty days -doesn't matter).

2. Take a picture and write a description in 1-50 words. 

3. Share it with me via email, share on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram (you can tag me with @a_sacramental_life or use the #PracticeResurrection2019 hashtag.) 

I look forward to hearing from you!


(You can read here for a brief description of the liturgical season of Eastertide,

and see previous Eastertide posts here.)


Advent Daybook, 10: Delight

Advent Daybook, 10: Delight

An Advent daybook for these 24 days of prayerful expectation. Join me, won't you?

For an introduction read this post: Advent Daybook explained. You can see previous Advent daybook 2018 posts here.

Look: Christmas Dance, Henri Masson (source)

Listen: Listen: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” from A Christmas Cornucopia, Annie Lennox

Read: Psalm 36, Isaiah 5:13-17, 24-25, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, Luke 21:29-38

Pray: "Father in heaven, we thank you that we may feel your leading, your lordship, for you have blessed us with every spiritual and heavenly gift in Christ. We thank you that we may be among those who receive true life always anew, who praise and glorify you, exulting even in difficult days. For it is just in the difficult days that we need to belong to those who are thankful and joyful, who always find new certainty in their lives. With them may we experience the good you give on earth so that humankind may be blest and come at last into your hands. Amen.” (source)

Do: Enjoy an impromptu chuckle with a friend today.

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Christmas Daybook, 12: The Wise Men

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with the good, old theologian/British mystery writer/ Christmas elf, G.K. Chesterton. Join us, won't you?   (see all Christmas daybook 2016-17 posts here)


“We come bearing gifts of myrrh and gold…”  Calander sheets for ‘January’ depicting the Three Wise Men by Heinrich Lefler and Josef Urban. Published 1899 as part of an Austrian calendar. ( source )

“We come bearing gifts of myrrh and gold…”

Calander sheets for ‘January’ depicting the Three Wise Men by Heinrich Lefler and Josef Urban. Published 1899 as part of an Austrian calendar. (source)

STEP softly, under snow or rain,
To find the place where men can pray;
The way is all so very plain,
That we may lose the way.

Oh, we have learnt to peer and pore
On tortured puzzles from our youth.
We know all labyrinthine lore,
We are the three Wise Men of yore,
And we know all things but the truth.

Go humbly . . . it has hailed and snowed . . .
With voices low and lanterns lit,
So very simple is the road,
That we may stray from it.

The world grows terrible and white,
And blinding white the breaking day,
We walk bewildered in the light,
For something is too large for sight,
And something much too plain to say.

The Child that was ere worlds begun
( . . . We need but walk a little way . . .
We need but see a latch undone . . . )
The Child that played with moon and sun
Is playing with a little hay.

The house from which the heavens are fed,
The old strange house that is our own,
Where tricks of words are never said,
And Mercy is as plain as bread,
And Honour is as hard as stone,

Go humbly; humble are the skies,
And low and large and fierce the Star,
So very near the Manger lies,
That we may travel far.

Hark! Laughter like a lion wakes
To roar to the resounding plain,
And the whole heaven shouts and shakes,
For God Himself is born again
And we are little children walking
Through the snow and rain.
— "The Wise Men" by G. K. Chesterton

Listen: As With Gladness, Men of Old (beautiful lyrics here)


Today's Readings:  Psalm 72; Joshua 1:1-9; Hebrews 11:32-12:2

Prayer for the day: 

O God of light and peace,
whose glory, shining in the child of Bethlehem,
still draws the nations to yourself:
dispel the darkness that shrouds our path,
that we may come
to kneel before Christ in true worship,
offer him our hearts and souls,
and return from his presence to live as he has taught. Amen.
— Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, 2002

12 Ways To Savor the 12 Days of Christmas (ideas to celebrate the last day of Christmastide)

Christmas Daybook, 11: A Second Childhood

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with the good, old theologian/British mystery writer/ Christmas elf, G.K. Chesterton. Join us, won't you?   (see all Christmas daybook 2016-17 posts here)


A boy and his grandmother have fun dressing up together, via Nat. Geo.  ( source )

A boy and his grandmother have fun dressing up together, via Nat. Geo. (source)

 
When all my days are ending
And I have no song to sing,
I think I shall not be too old
To stare at everything;
As I stared once at a nursery door
Or a tall tree and a swing.

Wherein God’s ponderous mercy hangs
On all my sins and me,
Because He does not take away
The terror from the tree
And stones still shine along the road
That are and cannot be.

Men grow too old for love, my love,
Men grow too old for wine,
But I shall not grow too old to see
Unearthly daylight shine,
Changing my chamber’s dust to snow
Till I doubt if it be mine.

Behold, the crowning mercies melt,
The first surprises stay;
And in my dross is dropped a gift
For which I dare not pray:
That a man grow used to grief and joy
But not to night and day.

Men grow too old for love, my love,
Men grow too old for lies;
But I shall not grow too old to see
Enormous night arise,
A cloud that is larger than the world
And a monster made of eyes.

Nor am I worthy to unloose
The latchet of my shoe;
Or shake the dust from off my feet
Or the staff that bears me through
On ground that is too good to last,
Too solid to be true.

Men grow too old to woo, my love,
Men grow too old to wed:
But I shall not grow too old to see
Hung crazily overhead
Incredible rafters when I wake
And find I am not dead.

A thrill of thunder in my hair:
Though blackening clouds be plain,
Still I am stung and startled
By the first drop of the rain:
Romance and pride and passion pass
And these are what remain.

Strange crawling carpets of the grass,
Wide windows of the sky:
So in this perilous grace of God
With all my sins go I:
And things grow new though I grow old,
Though I grow old and die.
— "A Second Childhood" by G.K. Chesterton

Listen: Cold Winter by Kate Rusby (lyrics for the full song here - and they're a doozy!)


Today's Readings: Psalm 72, Exodus 3:1-5, Hebrews 11:23-31

Prayer for the Day:  

Lord our God, we come to you in community of faith and trust, in expectation that you will act. May our hearts be strengthened in all the pain and in all the conflicts of our world. Reveal your will, Almighty God, and protect those you have appointed as our leaders and rulers. Let your will be made plain to them. O Lord God, help your people in these times and give them strength to wait expectantly for what is good, to live and serve in this expectation. Grant your help to all who strive for this. We can all tell of the help that comes from you, for you always support us with your power, also in hard times. Amen.
— Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

12 Ways To Savor the 12 Days of Christmas (ideas for the last couple of days of Christmas!)

Christmas Daybook, 10: Evening

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with the good, old theologian/British mystery writer/ Christmas elf, G.K. Chesterton. Join us, won't you?   (see all Christmas daybook 2016-17 posts here)


Christmas At Home by Grandma Moses

Christmas At Home by Grandma Moses

 
Here dies another day
During which I have had eyes, ears, hands
And the great world round me;
And with tomorrow begins another.
Why am I allowed two?
— "Evening", G.K. Chesterton: Notebook

Listen: Silent Night by Elizabeth Mitchell


Today's Readings: Psalm 72, Genesis 28:10-22, Hebrews 11:13-22

Prayer for the Day:  

Bright Morning Star,
your light has come,
and the birth of Jesus
has overwhelmed us with joy.
Like the magi of long ago,
may we be drawn to you
and offer you such gifts as we are able. Amen.
— Revised Common Lectionary Prayers, 2002

12 Ways To Savor the 12 Days of Christmas (a few ideas for the last three days of Christmas!)